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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Transporter Refueled: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The Transporter series was given life by Jason Statham that successfully made a mark with three movies and a video short titled Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World. Statham bailed out to reprise his role as Frank Martin because they wanted him to sign three more films without seeing the script and offered much less cash to do three films. It is a big gamble to see your star walk away and with a new face Ed Skrein taking on the wheels it might be a displeasure for the fans of the franchise.  

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is known as the transporter who delivers any package anywhere despite if there are some risks involved. He only has three rules: no names, never change the deal and never open the package. On his latest assignment, Frank is hired by a mysterious woman, Anna (loan Chabanol) and her three sidekicks for somewhat an easy job. However, he found out that Anna kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) and he must help her to bring down a Russian syndicate. Soon, Frank finds himself breaking his own rules to save the life of his father. 

The Transporter franchise is known for its ridiculous plot and ludicrous car chase. And while they manage to bring the same formula that made this series a success; Transporter will never be the same without Jason Staham. Ed Skrein is fine; he got the charisma, but he tries too hard to attempt and replicate Jason Statham, which is quite absurd. Ray Stevenson was a great addition bringing in humor that gave the crowd a few laughs. The car stunts were pretty much the same, but the airport chase down was intense and spectacular. Some fight scenes were pretty impressive too with Skrein delivering his tricks. 

Overall, The Transporter Refueled is still enjoyable, but it is really difficult to accept that there is a new star on board. It is still a passable action entertainment, the one that requires a bucket of popcorn and soda while watching. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5.5 out of 10 

Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Joan Chabanol

Directed by: Camille Delamarre
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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