In French the film The Transporter Refueled is known as Le Transporteur Héritage. It is an action thriller film which was released on September 4th, 2015, in 15 countries including the United States. On September 9th it was released in France, which is where filming began, in Paris, on August 1st 2014. The film was written by Luc Besson, Adam Cooper, and Bill Collage, and it was directed by Camille Delamarre. The Transporter Refueled was produced by Mark Gao and Luc Besson, and it is based on characters by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The cinematography was by Christophe Collette and the music is by Alexandre Azaria. It was edited by Julien Rey. Production companies for the film include TMC, TF1 Films, TF1, OCS, Fundamental Films, EuropaCorp, Canal+, and Belga Films. It was distributed by EuropaCorp (worldwide.) The running time for The Transporter Refueled is 96 minutes and although the countries are listed as China and France the film is in English. The budget was $22 million and the Box Office was $20 million.
It was announced that there would be a new trilogy in 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival. The announcement was made with EuropaCorp and China’s Fundamental Films co-producing and distributing the titles. It is likely that at least one of these three movies will be filmed in China, and it has been estimated that the budget will rest somewhere between €25 million and €30 million for each individual film. It has also been declared that Luc Besson will be responsible writing, producing, distributing, and co-financing all of the films. In March of this year the title was altered from The Transporter Legacy and changed to its present title, The Transporter Refueled. It was going to be released earlier but it was pushed back on two separate occasions: on November 5th 2014, and on April 1st 2015. It was set to be released on March 6th, 2015, then to June 19th, 2015, and finally to September 4th.
The cast for The Transporter Refueled consists of: Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, Ray Stevenson as Frank Martin Sr., Loan Chabanol as Anna, Gabriella Wright as Gina, Tatjana Pajković as Maria, Wenxia Wu as Qiao, Radivoje Bukvić as Arkady Karasov, Noemie Lenoir as Maissa, Yuri Kolokolnikov as Yuri, Lenn Kudrjawizki as Leo Imasov, Samir Guesmi as Inspector Bectaoui, and Anatole Taubman as Stanislav Turgin.
Frank Martin is the primary focus of The Transporter Refueled. He is a former special-ops mercenary whose life has become somewhat ordinary, at least, that is what it appears at first. Frank spends his time transporting classified packages for people who are perhaps a little shady. Frank and his father Ray—who is retired from doing espionage work and is now a salesmen–decide to spend some time together in the south of France. Things do not go quite as they should, however, and their bonding experience is interrupted by a woman named Anna and her associates. Anna is a clever femme-fatale and they decide to perform the biggest bank-robbing endeavor of the century. Frank must come to the rescue to thwart their plans, using what he knows about driving fast cars, women, and his covert expertise in order to accomplish the task. He is tossed into the middle of a dangerous game between a team of vengeful beautiful women, and meanwhile he must race against a malicious Russian kingpin.
Many people who have seen The Transporter Refueled were expecting to see Jason Statham. Instead, they are met by the replacement—Ed Skrien, known for his work in Game of Thrones. He is certainly not the most identical replacement to Statham but he makes it work somewhat with his good-looks and the fact that he shares the screen with Audi, Evian, and American Express.
One potential weakness of the film is the lack of sensitivity or graveness given to human trafficking. The female robbers, all clad in blond wigs, are, as it turns out, former sex slaves who are seeking revenge on their ex-pimp. Despite the very tragedy of the situation, however, there is relatively little genuine seriousness towards the subject, and sometimes it almost seems to be treated with a very subtle comedy. It is also, of course, obvious that the women themselves are dressed and behave provocatively and used as more-or-less sexual symbols within the film itself.
Despite there being relatively no character development—which isn’t exactly uncommon in action films—there is, according to some, a lot of talking that isn’t really pulled off well. It has been said that the dialog is a bit wooden, but the actors also don’t quite seem in-step with their lines. Action movies are, generally, watched neither for the dialog or the development of character. The mayhem, chase sequences, outrageous stunts, and overall action is said to be rather enjoyable, if nothing else.
For the most part the movie has not done so well. Metacritic has given The Transporter Refueled a dismal rating of 32%, IMDb gives it 4.7/10, and Rotten Tomatoes gives it only a staggering 16%. Much of these poor ratings are a result of Ed Skrien starring, as opposed to Jason Statham, as most people had anticipated. Some people, upon hearing the news, chose not even to watch the movie while others went through with it but strongly disliked Ed Skrien’s acting. Aside from that, there are also critics who did not appreciate even the action, claiming that the choice of cars and car-tricks was inexcusable. Critics say the film is ridiculous, silly, and stupid, sporting a poor storyline on top of everything else.
For those who did not mind the recasting of Ed Skrien, however, there are still a select few who did find the film tolerable, if not, in some cases, even enjoyable due to the action shots and the beautiful women. Many fans say, in context, that an action movie—which The Transporter Refueled is—is not going to have great dialog or the other characteristics of a drama, but, for an action movie, provides what you expect and does pretty good at delivering. Rewatch The Transporter anytime when you sign up for an amazing bundle of TV and internet.