Starring Ed Skrein and Loan Chabanol
Seven years after its last outing, The Transporter series returns to screens. Initially a vehicle to show off the physical talents of star Jason Statham, it morphed into an enjoyably silly action trilogy. The Transporter Refuelled reboots the franchise with new action and new stars. Ed Skrein replaces Statham but still shows the same gift for battling wicked villains amidst glamorous surrounds. After a lifetime of transporting shady packages for dodgy customers, former mercenary Frank (Skrein) enjoys retirement. Spending time with his father, Frank Snr (Ray Stevenson), Frank revels in the quiet time. Unfortunately his idyll is interrupted by the mysterious Anna (Loan Chabanol). Anna is a lady of sinister disposition who employs Frank to join her in a daring bank heist. Quickly discovering that the plan is more than it seems, Frank battles an armada of baddies and seeks vengeance as only he can. You can’t take this movie seriously, and your not supposed to. It’s an outrageous romp, that delivers on its promise. Slightly steering the franchise towards a more realistic sheen, director Camille Delamarre does a pretty good job. Aided by Skrein’s energetic performance, Frank is a street-wise hero determined to use his wits to untangle himself out of bad situations. Bringing a dangerous edge to the fight scenes, you can feel Frank’s determination to overcome obstacles and the zeal he has in defeating his enemies. There is also enough character moments to maintain interest in between explosions. The action is what everyone wants and there is plenty: from car, boat and plane chases, the vehicle destruction runs high. The setting of the French Riviera is used to maximum effect, and offers a kind of James Bond-feel to the film. Whilst not the most mind-blowing action movie this year The Transporter Refuelled fulfils its purpose. Re-starting the series in a pretty good way. Rated MA 15plus 7 out of 10
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