Movie Review: The Transporter Refueled

The Transporter Refueled - FINALThe Transporter Frank Martin is a courier of a different kind. He transports dubious cargo, no questions asked. That’s one of the iron rules which have held as rigorously as possible in their interpretations of the figure both Jason Statham in three feature films, as well as Chris Vance, embodied in the two seasons of the “Transporter” series. These managable rules now also applieon the reboot of the action franchise with “The Transporter Refueled”. But the Briton Ed Skrein who is on the first hatch here in the role of Frank Martin,turns out to be more flexible in comparison to its predecessors. Direct form the start, Frank Martin is from the outset considerably more at the mercy of the circumstances, the character gets here more life of its own. But the basic formula of co-creator and Action mogul Luc Besson (“Lucy”), who has here assumed the dual role of producer and scriptwriter again remains unchanged: Great Car Action, Hard-hitting battles, chic locations, some cool pun and plenty of pace – ready is the “Transporter” cocktail. But what “Transporter 3” -Cutter Camille Delamarre has stirred together in his streaky but entertaining second directorial effort, comes neither close to the last ones. And the plot is not less outrageous than before despite cute approaches.

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is a popular and discreet service for anyone who wants to convey something illegal from A to B. With his Audi, equipped with refined extras, the former Special Forces soldier who follows the strict rules to make the hot commodity on time and without any questions to your destination. But then the mysterious Anna (Loan Chabanolwants to place an order, for which he would have to jettison his principles. She wants to take revenge on her ex-boss Karasov (Radivoje Bukvic) , who has forced them into prostitution, and plans to rob  the gangster boss and his accomplices with her suffering companions Maria (Tatiana Pajkovic), Gina (Gabriella Wright) and Qiao (Wenxia Yu ). To move Frank to join in, the women kidnap his father Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson). The transporter gets into a whirlpool of bloody intrigue and neck breaking action

One with the word “greasy” comprehensively characterized person rises in front of a hotel in the south of France from the shed of a sedan and announced with unmistakable Russian accent pattern: “Prostitution is mine!”. His entitlement to the lucrative business with the commercial sex underpinned the man by letting shoot a handful of thugs with machine guns at anything that moves (or not). After the bullet and cliché staccato of this settled in 1995 prologue  the first appearance of the new transporter provides an effective contrast of almost poetic clarity half decades later: Frank Martin is facing in an underground garage a handful of thugs that dmand from him the keys to his Audi S8. At first they even make fun of his strange accent, but soon will not laugh further: The baldy character puts them all out of order in an elegant and ingenuity in melee incapacitated fight sequence . Quite unlike his rabid opponent Karasov from the prologue, with who links him an ugly episode from the past, Martin disdains the use of firearms and prefers to not create more damage than necessary. The archetypal constellation gets later unnecessarily complicated, not always logically comprehensible entanglements, loose ends and carelessly built Details lost soon.

Although the idea of ​​a female musketeer Quartet is extremely sexy, but the film lacks the rhythmic accuracy as well as the unified narrative to make more out of the theme of women’s solidarity as a vague idea.  In return, Ed Skrein (“Deadpool” “Game Of Thrones”) sets himself already in said first scene in a different light compared to his famous predecessor Jason Statham: Being Frank Martin is marked less by Stoic callousness and cool imperturbability than polite aloofness and restrained effectiveness. There is as well evidence of a colorful past and the vibrant relationship with his father Frank Sr. which is newly emerging and so a welcome innovation. Ray Stevenson (“Rome”, “Determination” series) plays the alleged mineral representatives (in reality, he is a retired MI6 agent) with a preference for 900-Euro-wines andlovely charm. Add to this that the contrast between father and son finally also puts an additional human dimension on the loner Frank Martin .

The new down-to-earth mentality of the protagonist  does also reflected in the action scenes. In the duels Ed Skrein shows full body use, where the athlete Statham looked like fighting almost effortless. He uses everything  just within his reach and the adversaries are sometimes even tied formally as a package, which indeed makes the perfect fit for a courier. Well done is also the daring maneuvers, as Frank rushes to the car under a plane taking off – and finally he shows us in a fast-paced scene even that jet skis are perfectly suited for short-term land use. The action is here but overall still less lifted and stylized as in the choreographed by Corey Yuen predecessors. The gas attack on a nightclub falls very inconsistent (and slightly irritating), while a wild shootout on a yacht degenerates into a confusing shootout .

Conclusion: The new Transporter Ed Skrein puts out a shaky start, but also shows some potential, which leaves all possibilities open for the planned sequels. If you like action, you will as well

Acme Blog Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


The Transporter Refueled is now showing in UAE Cinemas, you can as well check out again the Trailer below:

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