Director: Camille Delamarre
Starring: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol & Ray Stevenson
Synopsis: In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.
Rating: 15 Duration: 96 minutes Release date: 26 December (UK)
Rebooting any franchise can be a tricky task, and doing so without the previous films main star makes a difficult task even more unenviable. With The Transporter trilogy what we had was a series of films that were very silly action films led by a modern great in action cinema; Jason Statham. Statham’s easy charm pulled the series out of the mire and ensured they had an audience who knew exactly what to expect. Removing Jason Statham removes any fun from the series and his absence is keenly felt here.
As with the other films in The Transporter series, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is a former special-ops solider now living in the south of France as a driver for hire. Martin is no regular driver and takes on clients who need packages delivering while knowing next to nothing about his deliveries or the people paying him. It’s the same been there, done that scenario that we’ve become accustomed to with these films, and Frank soon finds himself in a lot more trouble than when he started.
The trouble with The Transporter Refuelled is that it all feels so bland. Gone is the charisma of Jason Statham, replaced by a rather boring looking Ed Skrein. The action feels like it has been stolen from several, much better, Hollywood action films and the films lack of plot, involving a series of prostitutes out for revenge against their pimps, feels like a headache that just won’t go away. Ray Stevenson adds a bit of fun to the film as Frank’s womanising Father, who needlessly gets kidnapped twice and sets the films high-speed plot into motion.
Unfortunately it never really feels like anything can save The Transporter Refuelled, not even if Jason Statham returned, and what should be a harmless way to kill an hour and a half, instead feels like a film far too forced and protracted to even be minimalist fun.
Much like the film, the supplements on the DVD are an uninspired bunch, that feel less like documentaries on the making of the film and more like an advert for a brand new Audi. In Rocketing From 0-60 we see what went into making the car chases and the stunts in the film, and show what we all know; that a lot of hard work went into proceedings. Sadly this feels like another marketing device for the film instead of being an interesting behind the scenes look.
Frank Martin: The Reluctant Hero is more engaging than the previous feature and takes a look at the physical preparation that went in Ed Skrein’s numerous fight scenes. While it is far from fascinating, it is an enjoyable look at the choreography and the mental preparation the new Frank Martin had to undertake.
The Coeur Brise: Les Femmes of Refuelled takes a look at the women of The Transporter Refuelled and highlights little more than how much fun they had while filming and how much everyone got on with them. It’s the usual stuff that DVD extras are made of and tells us nothing we didn’t already know.
A theatrical trailer and a photo gallery complete the disc.