The Transporter Refueled – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… The Transporter Refueled
Not-Jason Statham must transport prostitutes to save his super spy father, a man that gets kidnapped more often than Daphne from Scooby-Doo.
Martin (Ed Skrein) is a professional driver simply known as The Transporter. His job is to drive around and deliver dubious packages for questionable people. It is the type of work that requires loose morals and a shady character.
Martin likes structure. He has a strict set of rules, and if a customer breaks one of them, he aborts whatever he is doing. But he will have to set them aside for his latest client: Anna (Loan Chabanol), a high-class prostitute out for revenge on her Russian pimp. Anna has often heard that Martin is the best and to ensure his full cooperation she has kidnapped his father.
Should I Watch It?
There is so much wrong with this movie but let’s begin with the most obvious one. Where is Jason Statham? And why pull a Spider-Man and reboot a series that is not that old? Statham actually was contacted to do this movie, but he decided not to sign because the pay was far below his normal fee, and because he was not allowed to look into the script. As a result he moved on to Furious Seven. And could it really be called Transporter 4 without him?
With the elephant in the room addressed, we can now move on with the film. The Transporter Refueled is an action crime thriller situated in the south of France. The movie, bizarrely, plays in 2010. Having it play in the recent past serves no purpose or benefit. In fact, it discredits the best part of the movie: the Audi S8. This particular model was released in 2012 so should not even exist, and yet it is Martin’s car.
In a movie called The Transporter Refueled, the car is naturally going to be an important part. There is a lot of high speed racing throughout the film, including a chase scene. And these are all terrible. The car does a lot of things it literally cannot do, there is an abundance of bad CGI involved, and even though the car keeps crashing into stuff it does not even show a single scratch. Especially the latter bugs me. I hate it when cars in movies run into a fire hydrant and get away without a scratch – it really takes me out of the film.
Martin is, of course, a criminal himself, but the movie never flat-out say it. And I can accept that. There are, after all, different degrees of crime. Being a shoplifter, for instance, is less deplorable than being a murderer. Plenty of movies star protagonists with questionable morals. But The Transporter Refueled goes out of its way to make Martin look like a good guy. He is a decorated soldier and stands up for what is right. But let’s be real, he really is not. If he were such a good guy he would never have been working in this business to begin with. After he gets his father back there is no motivation for him to continue, the movie should have ended. But it did not, and the only reason it continued was because the script demanded it.
Besides being a driver, Martin is also a capable martial artist. The movie starts with a pretty cool fight in where he takes on a couple of goons. It is actually a pretty good introduction of his character. But later on in the movie his fighting style changes from trying to be like Jason Statham into trying to be like Jackie Chan, and that looks really awkward and out of place. Especially since he clearly cannot fight like Jack Chan.
There are many more things wrong with this movie. The first flashback to an earlier part in the movie is within 15 minutes, there are a ton of plot holes, the acting is mediocre, and I could go on. The Transporter Refueled is a terrible movie. Jason Statham was right to not sign up for this, and Ed Skrein probably messed up leaving Game of Thrones for this. During the credits a song played and one of the lines resonated to me while I was listening to it: “Does it all have to make sense?” No movie it does not, but it should not be completely horrible and ridiculous either.
No, don’t watch it.
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