Rapper turned actor Ed Skrein takes the wheel from Jason Statham’s underworld driver for this relaunch of the action thriller franchise, but there’s not much gas left in the tank in The Transporter Refuelled (opens in new tab).
To be fair, the fight choreography is reasonably nifty and the French Riviera locations are suitably glamorous. But the story – which sees call girl Loan Chabanol and three leggy companions call on the services of Skrein’s hero as part of her revenge plot against a Russian crime kingpin – is desperately lame and the car chases unexciting, with pursuing vehicles flipping end over end with tiresome regularity.
Skrein makes a reasonable fist of the lead, but he can’t match Statham when it comes to muscular heft and tongue-in-cheek charisma.
Certificate 15. Runtime 92 mins. Director Camille Delamarre
The Transporter Refuelled is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital platforms from 28th December courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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