Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Transporter Refueled

In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.

With Jason Statham having paid all dues, Luc Besson here reboot his handy chauffeur franchise with a catalogue model lead and so much product placement for - among other - one German luxury care manufacturer, you wonder why they didn't sell ad space in the title. This reboot winds up looking like an Audi S8 commercial. Between that movie and Hitman: Agent 47, Hollywood really wants us to buy an Audi. This film has a lot of problem, right from the beginning I knew this movie was going to be a mess. The Transporter Refueled is here to remind us that it is still the first weeks of September. Though, it's a little bit better than I thought it would be, mainly because this film is so bad that it's good. It's hilarious. I laughed for the entire movie. There are few scenes I just cracked up as it was so terrible. Gratefully it's funny so you don't sit there hating yourself and wanting to leave. 

What exactly is the point of a Transporter movie without Jason Statham? His persona was the series key selling point. Upcomer Ed Skrein (Ajax in the forthcoming Deadpool) thankfully doesn't butcher the role but once again Statham is so tight to this role that he wrestles with the thankless task of filling his suit and step in his shoes. Even the father dynamic is broken. They do not work at all as father and son. In fact, all the Transporter movies are gleefully stupid, even the first two (which are the best I guess). Transporter 2 has Statham turning his car around after he launched it up a ramp and then a hook get the bomb off of it. They know what they are, including this one. However, this film is moving along, but not interestingly. There are efficient - or acceptable - inconsequential car chases with bikes sequences, cop cars and - most notably an aeroplane. Fight choreographer tried to make the actor use his environment as a weapon but man he's not Jackie Chan. Finally, fight scenes lack personality as indeed does the entire movie. 

Overall The Transporter Refueled is a terrible movie but you can at least watch it and laugh at it. It's so silly no one or nothing is memorable.

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