The Transporter Refueled: Film Review – All Hail Frank Martin

VERDICT: A worthy addition to the franchise.

There is always something larger than life and awesome about Frank Martin; whether it is him knocking down an army of men with as much ease as he puts on his coat, changing the number plate of his car or even burning it down with a simple click on a remote. Let’s not even get started on his mean driving skills.

The Transporter Refueled is the latest addition to the popular Transporter series of films. The basic story revolves around a man named Frank Martin. He agrees to transfer anything for the exchange of money and has three rules while doing so – 1: No names policy  2: No changes once the deal is made and 3: Never open a package. This installment involves a group of girls taking up a Russian businessman who forced them into prostitution. Frank is approached by Anna (Loan Chabanol) to transport ‘something’. He doesn’t have the slightest idea of the mess he is getting in to as he agrees to the deal. If you had to associate one name with the Transporter films, it would have to be Jason Statham. The actor played Frank Martin in the first three parts and it might be hard for fans to think the role could be essayed by anybody but Statham. English actor, Ed Skrein though has replaced Statham in The Transporter Refueled. Skrein, of course, is known for his portrayal of Daario Naharis in the hit TV series, Game of Thrones. Skrein does a pretty good job and looks suave throughout the film. As much as one would think of Jason Statham to be irreplaceable from the franchise, we may dare say that Ed has taken and can continue carrying the character ahead in future Transporter films. The kindest of praises can however not be spared for the female actors in the movie who are strictly okay. The chemistry between the protagonist and his father, Frank Martin Sr. (Ray Stevenson) is one of the highlights of the movie. If there is another Transporter film anytime in the near future, we would love to see the character of Frank Martin Sr. being developed further. The film has been helmed by Camille Delamarre, who has previously directed Brick Mansions (2014) and edited Taken 2(2012). He makes sure the film doesn’t drag and the pace is steady. The Transporter Refueled has been shot across France and the locations are extremely scenic. The only downside of the film is the lack of twists and turns in the storyline. As the storyline unfolds, you know exactly where the film is heading.  However, if you’re a fan of flashy cars and lengthy car chase sequences, then you’ll be thoroughly entertained. Why You Should Watch this Movie: Even though the film has a predictable storyline, it never bores you. It’s shot across beautiful locations and has some cool action sequences. At a runtime of a little over ninety minutes, it’s definitely worth a watch.

By Criselle Lobo  

 

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