The Transporter Refueled

Godfather of The Transporter franchise, co-writer and producer Luc Besson, faces an unusual challenge with The Transporter Refueled, the latest installment in the series.

click to enlarge Ed Skrein in 'The Transporter Refueled'
Ed Skrein in 'The Transporter Refueled'

Godfather of The Transporter franchise, co-writer and producer Luc Besson, faces an unusual challenge with The Transporter Refueled, the latest installment in the series. Despite the huge shadow he casts, can he and his creative offspring survive the loss of the recognizable face (Jason Statham) of the franchise? Rebooting ain’t easy, but the focus for this fourth outing is squarely on the character of Frank Martin, now played by newcomer Ed Skrein (likely best known from Game of Thrones), the driver-for-hire with the special-ops background. This time, he finds himself in the middle of a war between a quartet of femme-fatales and a Russian kingpin with his own father (Ray Stevenson) being used for leverage. (Opens wide Friday) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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