For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I had been meaning to check out the reboot. remake, reimagining, or whatever you want to call it of The Transporter series. The Transporter Refueled was released last year and it was the first film in the franchise to not feature Jason Statham. The film actually stars Ed Skrein (Deadpool) as Frank Martin, the transporter. In this film, Frank takes a job from the beautiful Anna (Loan Chabanol), but what he doesn’t realize is that he is going to be a pawn in her game of revenge on a Russian crime lord in the south of France. When Frank tries to get out of it, they kidnap his father (Ray Stevenson) and use him as bait to get Frank to finish the job. The film also stars Gabriella Wright (Everly) as Gina, Tatiana Pajkovic as Maria, Wenxia Yu as Qiao, Radivoje Bukvic (Taken) as Arkady Karasov, Noémie Lenoir (Rush Hour 3) as Maïssa, Yuri Kolokolnikov (Leningrad) as Yuri, Lenn Kudrjawizki (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) as Leo Imasova, Samir Guesmi (District B13) as Inspector Bectaoui, Anatole Taubman (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Stanislas Turgin, and the film was directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
Alright, let’s look at some of the stats of the film as Frank Martin racked himself up 36 1/2 kills/knockouts with the half being that he as helped by someone on one of them. He doesn’t really have an origin story other than he was special forces and he knows the Russian Crime Lord. He does have a love interest that develops during the film and he has a sexual conquest. His father is kidnapped and is injected with a virus that will supposedly kill him in 12 hours if Frank doesn’t get the job done. So, I think it’s safe to say that someone close to him has been hurt. The big boss is defeated in the film, but you’ll have to see it for yourself to find out how. I have to say that I was kind of a fan of this film even though I wasn’t really giving it a chance. The only real difference besidess the actor is that they replaced the relationship Statham’s character had with the inspector and made it with his dad in this version. Other than that, the movie was actually pretty good and it was pretty smart. Frank’s “Job” were playing a game of cat and mouse, a game of chess with the Russian crime lord as a way of getting back at him for making them prostitutes and it was well played. I think that really helped the story move along as you wondered just how far Frank was going to go with them. The only issue I really had was with Stevenson’s character being such a charmer even though he was kidnapped by these woman. You’ll have to see it to know what I am talking about. Does this top the original Transporter films, no but it goes great with them. I am going to give the film 3.9 fists out of five for a final grade.