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Published January 31st 2016
A Story Of Bitter Revenge
The Transporter Refueled (2015) is an action/adventure revenge movie rated MA 15. I have to admit that after watching this movie I was left feeling extremely dissatisfied as the plot and the subsequent resolution of it was completely unrealistic and overly contrived. Thank goodness for Ed Skrein (who plays Frank Martin). If it wasn't for his wit, charm, and good looks, I don't think I could have watched more than 15 minutes!
The violence in this film is not that frequent or gory (compared to Hitman Agent 47), but there are some interesting action scenes nonetheless. Often the fighting scenes occur in small confined spaces or with unusual weapons. This provides ample opportunity for some entertaining martial arts-type fights reminiscent of Jackie Chan's movies. But when Frank Martin is confronted by gangs of bad guys and takes them on all at once and walks away every time - well that's just an example of what I mean by completely unrealistic. Even Frank's car is a type of weapon complete with changeable number plates and a handy button that causes the car to open its doors and hit bad guys unconscious.
The one thing I did admire about this film was the witty dialogue between father (played by Ray Stevenson) and son (Ed Skrein) and the strong bond they share. This type of positive relationship is far too rare in films these days. Probably the most annoying things about Frank's character is his obsessive- compulsive behaviour and his fondness for rules and safety. Surprisingly, he is also very gullible and Anna (played by Loan Chabonal ) takes full advantage of this to fulfil her insatiable appetite for revenge.
There are many car chase scenes in this film, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on what you like. These days of course the police can track anyone with helicopters etc. but those facts are always ignored in action films so that the hero can smash up some cars for a dramatic getaway which in turn always makes the police look like incompetent fools.
The Transporter Refueled and Ed Skein's role as Frank Martin very much reminds me of a James Bond 007 movie: car chases, thrilling stunts, guns, combat, Russian bad guys, beautiful women, people to rescue, exotic locations (on the French Riveria), and a couple good laughs. After all that chasing and kidnapping, and manipulating, and bedding beautiful women, and shooting, and stealing, and more shooting and chasing - well let's just say that the revenge is just not worth the lives lost. The bitterness of having all that money and no friends shows that Anna hasn't really learnt anything at all. A truly disappointing ending indeed.