Apart from the obvious fact that no one can perfectly fit into the black suit of cocky British actor-Jason Statham, the on-screen ‘street fighting’ prodigy was the reason why the sequel-The Transporter caged impressive international attention.
Others can say, it was a complimentary relationship, because ‘The Transporter’ shot Jason to a worldwide audience who were in desperate need for a new hero and he was the perfect catch for the job.
Therefore, the decision to go ahead with a new installment without the original master key came as a shock to many film critics—and ‘The Transporter Refuelled’ confirmed that there can never be another ‘Transporter’ without Jason Statham—unless you want to call it; ‘The Transporter Failure.’
It was not just the absence of the swaggering Jason Statham that pushed ‘ The Transporter Refuelled’ below the red lines, the storyline was far-stretched—and in most cases, unrealistic events took off just to get a fight scene up or inject a high speed chase around the French Riviera.
Newcomer-Ed Skrein spoke with the same Jason Statham pace and fought at near speed but these were not enough, the Jason persona was missing and it was all over the movie. The high speed chases came off good, well placed ‘Fast and Furious’ stunts but the man behind the wheel still had question marks all over his forehead.
No matter how hard and fast Ed Skrein stepped on those peddles while being tailed by bikes, cop cars and an aeroplane, it just wasn’t up to measure—and the film-makers should by now know they’ve lost ‘The Transporter’ to change.
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In ‘The Transporter Refuelled’, Russian kingpin-Karasov (played by Rasha Bukvic) and his criminal friends-Yuri (played by Yuri Kolokolnikov) and Imasov (played by Lenn Kudrjawizki) set the film in motion somewhere at the French Riviera in 1995 when they forcefully took over the prostitution business—in a shocking way.
Many years later after the above event, Anna (played by Loan Chabanol) also took charge of three other girls and decided to hit the revenge button to collapse Karasov’s money making empire.
This is when the Transporter- Frank Martin (played by Ed Skrein) was hired; to transport the girls who were on a mission. The initial agreement to transport was followed by unintended commitments with Frank Martin’s hands tied and his father (Played by Ray Stevenson) being the ‘object’ of interest.
Without Jason Statham in the front seat and taking the punches, ‘The Transporter Refuelled’ served only one great purpose; a big Audi commercial—nothing more and nothing less.