The Transporter Refueled
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. A cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks convince Frank 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 who are 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, which launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.
“The Transporter Refueled” has its entertaining moments, for sure. It is action-packed and places Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) into some amazing situations. In one scene, for example, he and a certain female are in a plane racing down the runway without a pilot, stationed at the center doors opening at the belly of the plane, with their only hope of survival to jump into a racing car beneath them with its top down. Oh, and they are being shot at as they attempt the jump to safety. It is a jaw-dropping scene. However, you know not to take it all seriously when these kinds of scenes become common, including the two of them driving a car, and fast, inside an airport with fleeing, screaming people, attempting to get out of the way.
A former prostitute named Anna (Loan Chabanol) watched a pimp blow away several of her friends years before when he reclaimed his “territory”. One of the survivors joined him and hopped in his limo. Anna did not. She is out to get revenge and gets Frank Martin (and his father) involved. Frank, a former special-ops mercenary, is a martial artist who takes more than six guys out at one time (as I said, realism is not the priority in this film). Frank’s dad is kidnapped twice which keeps him motivated to help Anna and her female friends in their scheme for revenge.
Although not slow moving in the least, the movie contains strong content in almost all our content categories including the sex, language and violence departments, so we are unable to award the film our Dove Seal.