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|Originaltitel:||The Transporter Refueled|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Frank Martin accelerates again! However, in the fourth film of the series it's not Jason Statham, who sits behind the wheel as a "transporter", but newcomer Ed Skrein. He plays a younger version of the silent driver who always does his jobs with absolute precision and discretion. He won't let car thieves and other villains stop him. The only one who can upset him is his father (Ray Stevenson). He then catapults Frank into a new adventure when he is taken hostage by the mysterious and seductive Anna (Loan Chabanol). She and her female mercenary troop want to get Frank to help them neutralize a group of Russian human traffickers. Now Frank has to cooperate with the fighting ladies with his father's support. But they don't know yet what a ruthless and powerful enemy they will have to deal with...
Let's be honest: with this Frank Martin Jason Statham would have wiped the floor by the way. Ed Skrein can't compete with his predecessor in terms of charisma or coolness. And also the fighting sequences seemed more explosive and convincing with Statham than with his younger colleague. So it doesn't seem to have been a good idea to rejuvenate and reboot the successful action franchise with "The Transporter Refueled". Because also the story is not very original and the characters - especially the villains - are drawn very clichéd. And yet there are some aspects that make the movie work out quite well and provide a decent entertainment value.
The main reason for this is Frank's father, who is embodied by Ray Stevenson ("Thor", "The Destiny") with exactly the charming nonchalance that the very pale Ed Skrein lacks. In some scenes he even manages to create a little bit of James Bond feeling. The scenes with Frank Senior are extremely entertaining and worth seeing - even though it doesn't necessarily speak for the movie that a supporting character steals the show from the main character completely.
Another plus of the movie are the wonderful locations, which like the fast cars and the beautiful women are pleasant food for the eyes. Director Camille Delamarre understands well how to cover the weaknesses of the script with a stylish production. Also some well implemented action sequences are very helpful. These are sometimes beyond all rules of logic and gravity and also show minor cutting errors. But they are always fun.
Despite these positive aspects you can't deny that "The Transporter Refueled" isn't a very good movie. A weak leading actor, flat dialogues, a clichéd dramaturgy from the drawing board - even pretty pictures, decent action and a few moments of pleasant self-irony can't completely compensate for all this. Especially since comparisons with the Statham films simply cannot be ignored. And even though these aren't exactly the highlights of modern action cinema, they still have an extremely cool title hero. Without the "Transporter" label, the whole thing would definitely be entertaining action fun in front of a beautiful backdrop. As a restart of the successful series, however, this mission unfortunately failed. Therefore, there is only one at the end: with some clear cutbacks still worth seeing!
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