Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:36
Critics never really loved Jason Statham’s first three “Transporter” movies. But the few who were able to see the reboot are absolutely disgusted.
Ed Skrein of “Game of Thrones” steps in as Frank Martin, a special-ops mercenary who is forced to do the bidding of a gang of prostitutes (led by Loan Chabanol) who have kidnapped his dad (Ray Stevenson). Luc Besson, who created the series before moving on to “Taken,” is now a producer; Camille Delamarre directs.
A sampling of the reviews:
▪ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher: “There isn’t a single level on which this cheap, crass reboot/sequel/whatever-the-hell operates that isn’t a disaster. Often an embarrassing disaster. Very often a disaster so disgusting that, its endless 90-plus minutes later, I was in desperate need of a shower to get the ick off me.
▪ Sam Woolf, We Got This Covered: “Makes a poor case for rescuing this series from the scrapheap. … There’s a Statham-shaped hole under the hood of ‘The Transporter: Refueled.’ More memorable for his accoutrement than anything else, Frank Martin was better as a vehicle for Statham’s charisma than a character in his own right.”
| Sharon Hoffmann