Jason Statham may be done with The Transporter franchise,
but that hasn’t stopped EuroCorp from attempting to keep the brand alive
and well since his departure. First, we got Transporter: The Series:
the moderately successful television show spinoff, where Chris Vance
took over the Frank Martin role from Statham. This year, we are getting The Transporter Refueled (formerly titled The Transporter Legacy): a film reboot that, if all goes to plan, will kickoff a new movie trilogy.
Ed Skrein, who played Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones season three (before Michiel Huisman took over the role), is headlining Transporter Refueld
as Frank Martin: the no-nonsene freelance driver/transporter who avoids
trouble by sticking to his three rules for professional (criminal)
conduct. That’s what he says, anyway. Truth be told, Frank seems to
break his rules all the time, going by the previous Transporter movies and the TV series.
Based on the teaser for the film reboot (see above), Frank won’t be sticking to his rules here, either.
Here is the official synopsis for The Transporter Refueled:
Frank Martin is the most highly-skilled transporter money
can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same
three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open
the package. When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her
three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he’s been played. Anna
and her cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in order to
coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian
human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and
stop at nothing to rescue his father in this action-packed thrill ride
across the French Riviera.
The Transporter Refueled footage shown in the teaser indicates the screenplay by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings)
does little to re-imagine either the Frank Martin character, his world,
or his daily activities. Basically, the film comes off as yet another Transporter movie
– one that feels generic rather than innovative at this point in the
game – where Statham has been replaced with an inferior substitute (and
the producers hope no one notices).
Transporter 3 editor Camille Delamarre called the shots on Transporter Refueled
and it shows… just, not in a good way. The teaser’s action is
constructed in the same frantic approach that Delamarre used for his
directorial debut last year: the Brick Mansions remake. That movie is generally regarded as being a hot mess (even by EuroCorp’s B-movie standards), so there’s fair reason to be skeptical that Delamarre’s Transporter reboot will turnout that much better, by comparison.
The Transporter Refueled opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.
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