The Transporter: Refueled - Review

The Transporter: Refueled is trying so desperately hard to be the next big action franchise, inspired by the likes of The Fast and the Furious and Taken. Unfortunately, The Transporter: Refueled fails at capturing the wow factor of Fast and the Furious, and misses the wit and sleekness of the original Taken, causing it to become a muddled and confusing action film with no idea where it wants to go.

The Big Miss

The worst part about The Transporter: Refueled is its plot. Convoluted, messy, and without any real resolution, the story dips and dives from being a spy caper to an all - out action fest. The Transporter: Refueled introduces us to many interesting characters, all with potential to be unique and powerful. Sadly, all these characters, including the lead (played by Ed Skrein), fall into mediocrity. One perfect example of the story's convoluted nature is in a scene where one of Ed Skrein's accomplices is wounded by a bullet. This injury is followed by a very graphic bullet - removal scene, in which the accomplice is nearly killed. Moments later, the accomplice is in bed with the Transporter's father, as if nothing ever happened. Another example of the story and writing's poor quality is in a line of dialogue from the main villain during a big shootout, in which he threatens one of the women with the line, "I'm gonna rape you!" I think I've made my point.

The Big Win

The best and most unexpected part of The Transporter: Refueled is it's relationship between the Transporter and his father, portrayed by Ray Stevenson. The movie does a good job of introducing us to the strong bond between the two characters, and made me feel convinced that the Transporter's father was a big deal, even when he was captured for the second time. The bond between the two characters is believable and real, and the dialogue shines in the early acts of the movie when the two characters are talking alone.

And Everything Else

Everything else about The Transporter: Refueled makes absolutely no sense, with face wounds healing in a few minutes, and the Transporter's varying strength levels. In one scene, the Transporter takes on four ripped club bouncers and easily takes them all out. Later in the movie, he is faced in a one - on - one fist fight with a guard half the size of any of the bouncers he faced earlier, and is nearly bested. Also, I have never seen the original Transporter flicks, but has the car always been so boring? Never once is the car utilized as anything more than a product placement for Audi.

Summary

The Transporter: Refueled is a bad movie, and its muddled story, boring stunts, and stilted characters don't help its case. Will we ever see the adventures of Frank the Transporter on the big screen again? After this failure, the answer is a resounding no.

Pros - Father and son dialogue

Cons - Confusing story, no Jason Statham, boring stunts, awful car