Who walks away from Game of Thrones? This guy.
Transporter Refueled (2015) tries to do what the Bourne franchise tried to do a while back: keep going with somebody different. No offense to Jeremy Renner, but a new and different incarnation of anything successful is never going to be as good as the original. In the case of the Transporter, the original was not that good to begin with, so without someone like Jason Statham or that other guy, this movie isn’t that good either.
This is a fairly stupid movie, but Ed Skrein’s stunt doubles should get an award. These guys take it and keep on going. The best (stupidest) part is when Skrein’s character jumps off a boat, rides a jetski to a beach, rockets the jetski UP the beach where he launches himself into a car feet-first to take out the bad guy. It’s stupid. It’s hilarious. And it’s summertime, folks.
I think action is not the only thing people want out of a Transporter movie, but it’s probably the main thing. The action is okay I guess, but I think a lot of people genuinely miss Stratham and Ed Skrein is a poor imitation. His character smirk gets on my nerves. Why does he have to be the same character? I have no clue. Apparently, there can only be one guy in a suit driving around beating people up.
I said in my 3 Days to Kill (2014) review that director Luc Besson really needs some good work to distinguish himself, because his movies are really hit and miss. Transporter Refueled doesn’t help. Still, it is probably better than 3 Days to Kill as a whole and it has a better premise, as well. The premise is really what sold the Transporter Refueled for me. It works. Most of the elements pale in comparison to Statham, but at least they’re trying. It’s not like a cheap knockoff, as in the Bourne Legacy (2012).
In all, this movie misses the mark, but it’s at least a decent summer waste of time. It pales in comparison in almost every way to its predecessors and lacks the flavor of better films like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015). That’s a better directed film than this one. However, a lot of it is fun and the movie doesn’t try to be a super-deep drama. It is what it is, albeit a stupid action movie heavy on the stupid. I think there could be a good Transporter movie with Ed Skrein, but he needs to stop imitating Jackie Chan and he needs a better director. The end.