The Transporter Refueled
Release: September 4, 2015
Director: Camille Delamarre
Written by: Bill Collage and Adam Cooper & Luc Besson
Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic
Produced by: Luc Besson and Mark Gao
Runtime: 96 minutes
Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.
From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.
Before I start my review, let me just say that I am not your average girl. I dislike (with a passion) cliché chick flicks and much rather prefer an action or sci-fi or funny movie. If a movie has all three of those things, I am sure to like I, and this one has two out of those three things. With this said, let me get started with my review for The Transporter Refueled.
I hadn’t seen any of the Transporter movies since the first one done by the always sexy Jason Statham, but I didn’t need to have done so to understand this one or its storyline, so that’s a plus for this movie. The fourth installment of The Transporter franchise, The Transporter Refueled, follows the life of Frank Martin as he, after thinking he was done living a highly dangerous life, takes on an assignment that turns out to be one of the most dangerous ones of them all. He’s trying to relax with his father, Frank Martin Sr. while having dinner when he receives a phone call from a private caller requesting his services to deliver a package. He accepts the assignment, but –right when he thought it would be a simple one –things get complicated. Anna –a prostitute owned by a big human trafficker and pimp named Stanislav Turgin, whom she despises and decides to take revenge on –hires Frank to deliver said “packages” (there are two), but when he realizes that it wasn’t what he had signed up for, she shows him footage of his father kidnapped and tied. Seeing that he had no choice but to comply in order to save his dad, Frank ends up helping Anna in her scheme far more than he wanted to and, eventually, so did his dad.
To be honest, the story isn’t that bad. Human trafficking is a very real thing that does happen. Anna’s mother sells her to Stanislav at the young age of 12, when she is forced to become a prostitute. This is also a reality for some unfortunate girls. So the fact that she comes up with a really brilliant scheme to take revenge on her owner is actually quite believable (and her plan is actually very well thought out and smart!). The problem, for me, was believing the story a little more because of the actress who portrays Anna, Loan Chabanol’s acting. From the first scene in which we see her, her acting looks fake and forced. You could almost hear her thinking “Ok, cry, make it seem believable.” Sorry honey, but you didn’t succeed. Also, her chemistry with Ed Skrein (Frank Martin) was not very good either, which makes their stupid love story even worse and not to mention unlikely. Now Ed’s chemistry with the charming Ray Stevensen was on point!
My biggest issue with The Transporter Refueled (aside from the main actress’ acting) was that it’s supposed to take place in 2010, yet all the cell phones and technology they used in the movie are of the present time (believe or not, we’ve come a long way in just five years). And, of course, that some of the action scenes are so ridiculous they are funny (watch out for that scene towards the end of him on a jet ski and then flies perfectly into a moving vehicle through a window; we all laughed at that one).
As a fan of action movies, I will say that The Transporter Refueled is entertaining enough to pass the time. If you’re bored and have nothing to do, you can go check it out. All action movies have tons of very non-believable scenes and moves, but that’s what they’re about and this one does not dissapoint. Ed Skrein is very easy on the eyes and that scene of him with no shirt on, hell yeah! Also, he’s a total badass in this movie, very Batman-like. I look forward to seeing him in some more movies, and with less clothes on as well. But, my all time favorite parts of the movie were the spectacularly gorgeous views of Monaco. Those views alone are worth watching the movie!