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Cinema Dispatch: The Transporter Refueled

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The Transporter Refueled and all the images you see in this review are owned by EuropaCorp

Directed by Camille Delamarre

So which one was it?  Did Jason Statham become too expensive, or was Luc Besson too cheap to get him back?  Well either way, we’ve got a brand new Transporter film in theaters with a much more affordable actor in the title role.  Now this isn’t the first time the character has been portrayed by someone other than Jason Statham, what with a TV series that as far as I can tell is still being made, but instead of making a continuation of that series they decided to reboot the whole thing and have this be its own independent venture.  Will they succeed in making The Transporter a household name for action films, or with this turn out to be yet another failure to revive a (presumably) beloved character on the big screen?  Let’s find out!!

The movie is about The Transporter (Ed Skrein) who is a dude that handles his jobs like a pragmatic hooker.  No names, no backstory, and every move is agreed upon ahead of time.  While we don’t see him on a job before the plot of the movie kicks in, it’s clear that he’s a driver for whoever the hell needs his services.  Politicians, celebrities, bank robbers, you name it.  I wonder if he ever helped someone who committed a premeditated murder.  Anyway, on top of being the best British driver in all of Europe (the movie takes place in France despite all the cars having their driver’s seat on the left side) he can also kick massive amounts of ass as he proves to us in the opening scene where a bunch of thugs try to strip his car.  One question:  After this dude in a suit manages to beat seven of your buddies to the curb, why do you think YOU will be the one to take him down?  Sorry.  I keep getting distracted here.  The movie ACTUALLY begins in 1995 with a bunch of gangsters shooting up a bunch of prostitutes and pimps on a corner so that they can put their OWN working girls on that corner.  That seems like A LOT of trouble to go through just for street hookers, but maybe they didn’t have escort services back then.  After THAT scene, we jump ahead to the aforementioned beat down of the street thugs who piss off The Transporter which causes him to be late in picking up his dad (Ray Stevenson) who’s retiring from MI6 or whatever.

GOD DAMN!!  When the hell did Ray Stevenson get old enough to play dad characters!?  Is this what it was like when Sean Connery played Indy Sr?!?

GOD DAMN!!  When the hell did Ray Stevenson get old enough to play dad characters!?  Is this what it was like when Sean Connery played Indy Sr?!?

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