It is a bad sign for a film when the viewer realizes just five minutes into the screening that she is in fact watching nothing more than a glorified car commercial. In the case of The Transporter: Refueled, which has replaced Jason Statham with fellow Englishman Ed Skrein without changing the name of the character, Frank Martin, the entire 95 minutes serve one purpose only: Showing off the latest Audi S8.
But that is exactly where the trouble starts. For some reason, the film is set in 2010, two years after the last Statham-starring installment, and yet not only is Skrein significantly younger than the former Martin but the car model is from the future (2012), and there is no short supply of present-day Apple products on display everywhere. Clearly, nothing should be taken too seriously here, and the film does its best to meet that low bar.
The trio of screenwriters that includes director and mega-producer Luc Besson include a few car chases in the plot, as one would expect, but the story of Anna (Loan Chabanol), a longtime prostitute who seeks to take revenge on her longtime pimp, is uninspired. Amazingly, this amateur criminal pulls off all of her seriously technological stunts without a hitch, until the finale.
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(Still of Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Ed Skrein and Loan Chabanol in The Transporter Refueled. © 2015 – Twentieth Century Fox)