'The Transporter Refueled' [Blu-ray+Digital HD]
(Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, et al / Blu-ray+Digital HD / PG-13 / 2015 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: 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 when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.
Blu-ray Verdict: Well, of course, yes, I settled into watching this movie late at night, ready to experience yet another high octane tale of money, heists, double crosses, foreign bad guys, redemption and hyper active car chases that defy belief! And I got everything listed above and so much more, trust me. A great nights viewing, sure newcomer Ed Skrein as Frank Martin (The Transporter) is NO Jason Statham (but, then again, whoever will be?), but he manages - just, and only about two thirds of the way through - to actually pull Statham's original charm off.
The plot? OK, well, you asked: A group of prostitutes concocts a ridiculously intricate plan to topple their mafia boss. The Transporter is caught up in the struggle and forced to help them. So, yes, the story of 'Refueled' relies heavily on blind luck, coincidences, characters' stupidity and baseless arbitrary events. In other words, it's a complete and utter don't-take-it-seriously action flick with as much coherency or plausibility as anything you have every seen before!
But that's what you visually signed up for here, buy either renting or buying this Blu-ray, correct? Of course you did, so also what you get are the usual captivating fights, engaging car and foot chase, and one-liners from our dear Frank that would make the original Frank begrudgingly smile. The trouble is, as is with most all movies of this ilk, the movie opts for terrible editing and epileptic camera work instead of expensive, and time-taking Hollywood believable work. It's actually sad that the quirky yet brutal fighting scenes are replaced with such poor production. At the very least previous Transporters' fight is over-the-top fun, this is just confusingly bland - but only at time, and not throughout, luckily.
Anyway, Skrein, in general, has a solid screen chemistry as Frank ("Jr."), the new Transporter. The fine actor Ray Stevenson portrays his father Frank Sr. who's a just retired British Intelligence Agent (although he never reveals that throughout the movie, claiming to be nothing short of a water salesman around the world!). I thought the chemistry between the two worked quite well, and actually loved Stevenson in this as much as I did in his brilliant 'Kill The Irishman' movie (check it out, if you haven't already). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Frank Martin: The Reluctant Hero
The Coeur Bris : Les Femmes of Refueled
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