The Transporter IV

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Vampire Owl: There is no Jason Statham in this movie. You have called me to watch the wrong Transporter here. There is even too much hair on the head of the protagonist. It is not fair.

Vampire Bat: May be! But they have still used him on some of the posters as a psychological move to attract more viewers.

Vampire Owl: I will still look for him throughout the movie. Then I will be sure that he is not there at all.

Vampire Bat: Lets consider this as an action movie with someone who is not Jason Statham, rather than as a Transporter movie. It should help you a lot.

[Gets the tickets].

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The Transporter franchise is not among the lesser known ones, because all three movies of the series were successful and with Jason Statham in the lead, have managed to be the action thriller franchise which could set the bar high. The audience has identified this franchise as well as its protagonist as something related to Jason Statham, and he is the one name that comes to everyone’s mind when there is any mention of this series. But this one comes up with Ed Skrein in the lead as the new Transporter, and so there is the question of being successful in catching the interest of the fans. It has been quite a big doubt, and we will clearly know more as the movie is at the theatres already.

Somewhere in France, a former soldier who is working as a Transporter with his own rules gets in trouble as he is caught between four women looking for revenge and a mafia boss who had ruined the women’s lives. Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) thought that this was going to be just another job as the Transporter, but it was never going to be. With his father Frank Martin Sr. (Ray Stevenson) kidnapped, and both girls with the guns and the criminals all around him, he has to make a big choice, and it certainly has to be about choosing a side. But whichever side he would choose, there will be blood and dead bodies lying all around.

The Transporter: Refueled never goes below a certain level, but the question still remains if this entry in the movie franchise was really needed. The audience had three movies already, and they have enjoyed it so much that they can’t really think about another person other than Jason Statham in this particular role. Ed Skrein does make a good Transporter, and we can be sure about that, but he is still no Jason Statham who has been exceptional in that particular role, and could successfully make people say that he is the one true Transporter. Ed Skrein with more hair than a Transporter has ever had, manages to be another good version, but just not as big as the original.

The action sequences remain the strength of this movie, but there was the need for more considering the fact that this was going to be needing the power to match up to a franchise which had the power of Jason Statham. This one also has the power of action, but could have used even more, mostly related to the Transporter job progress. Beyond being the Transporter, this movie has more action sequences, and Ed Skrein nails them very well. There is actually a lot less number of scenes with our protagonist doing the Transporter job, as he is at most times being the son to his father and otherwise helping the damsels in distress or causing distress to some very evil men.

The damsels turning femme fatale are good here, but other than Loan Chabanol, the rest just goes along without adding too much. Tatiana Pajkovic does have the second position in the same, even though it is mostly about Loan Chabanol playing Anna and also developing certain interest with the protagonist. The shots of Europe are very nice, and do inspire one to travel yet again. Noémie Lenoir who plays the lady villain has only a few things to do, and none of them really makes much of an impact. Actually, the fact remains that none of the villains leave that much of a mark in this movie centered on the protagonist and the ladies.

The focus never really goes anywhere else except for moving towards the protagonist’s father. Ray Stevenson as Frank Martin Sr. has some nice lines here adding to the fun, but most of the times, this one is a strange character. There are times when one has to wonder if he actually exists mainly to get kidnapped multiple times and make the protagonist keeping returning to save the father who might be his only real friend. It makes one feel that this was more like a test dose of Transporter which just comes before the possible sequels. Ed Skrein himself might have been a test, and the one who was there for one season in Game of Thrones can have a longer and better run as the Transporter depending on how this one turns out to be.

Once again the battle between the good and evil, the black and white goes on here, and the Transporter becomes the key. He is the difference maker in this world inside the cinematic universe which is otherwise more favourable to the wrong side. The story-line is there without trying too much, as this is another case of having a chance at revenge against the powerful evil. It is still well presented and used in such a way as to keep the audience interested. The Transporter: Refueled is a short movie which stands just above one and half hours, and that makes sure that the movie never gets boring. Something always keeps happening as the movie goes on with its action and thrills.

Release date: 4th September 2015
Running time: 96 minutes
Directed by: Camille Delamarre
Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatjana Pajković, Wenxia Yu, Radivoje Bukvić, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Anatole Taubman, Noémie Lenoir

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67 thoughts on “The Transporter IV

    • Thanks 🙂 Yes, it is failing; it shouldn’t have, but it is! The whole thing is not applying well enough to the audience, the biggest reason being the absence of Jason Statham, and considering the response here, the second reason is that it is losing to Hitman: Agent 47 at this part of the world.

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  1. Action… looks like you miss the J S guy a lot as do other audiences… well I like the movie theme with the angry ladies and a lukeworm guy… nice mild criticism pointer for a chance(: … so the original protagonist had less hair, is it… I never seen any one of the movies so I don’t know J S, is he like James Bond… again not seen many J B movies too, except the latest Daniel Craig ones… but these spicy movies are dashed entertaining… busy helping damsels in distress or causing distress to the evil guy, nice sentence(:

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    • Thanks:) Everybody misses him – this title was supposed to be related to him forever, but it seems that it is also not forever. There are so many movies from him; I am sure that you might have also watched one of them in parts on television – it is very common.

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  2. Since I am old creature I don’t even find the guy handsome(:… I don’t remember seeing him, I saw him in wiki, yes I remember him in ghosts of mars, but he was in pink panther as well… I don’t think I like him anyway, why is he so popular, looks like I am naive about the movie world a lot… now there is a movie cd Poltergeist or something, should I watch it, is it worth it?… I might want to watch some movie soon…

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    • Not in Death Race, The Italian Job and Crank, Furious 7, The Expendables and The Mechanic for which he is also popular? Not just the hero, but a fine villain too.
      It depends on the version – the old version of the movie was a classic; the new one is not considered that good.

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    • I have watched Hero; it is not worth talking about much – just cliche and slow motion action with even deviating bullets! When they are remaking such an old movie, they should have come up with some good innovation.

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      • Yes, but it is a song, not real part of the movie. I don’t understand why people are so excited about it relating the same to the movie when they can get the songs for themselves at home.

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  3. hmmm… I read the movie review…actually just noticed there is no salman khan here, why is he singing then I guess for audience to get excited about the movie… there are good hero songs in english, I think it was high time to have hero song in hindi!!…. now a days some songs from movies make you get excited, I liked the Barfi song and that song “bin kuch kahe” in PK… but my current favorite is one from Piku the journey song… Piku was very nice movie… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYY6IaM8va4 … we should have nice hero songs in Hindi for sure atleast it will inspire the masses to aspire to be one (:… a real one I mean

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  4. No!!! We want Statham!!! Transporter is not complete without him… I love action movies, but me and hubby ditched this one just because we know we’ll be missing him and keep on comparing Skrein to him the entire time… 😦
    But now I’m seriously rethinking… and that’s what i call a real kick-ass review 🙂
    Great job Teny! 🙂

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  5. nice dialongue(:…can you do one thing?…i saw in news yesterday that butlers ib india are in demand from millionairs and there is a butler institute in delhi…then you can hope to get a job as butler earning lot of money and those people need butlers to plan their holidays so you get good internet too…you can see if there are possibilities of you becoming butler(:… like jeeves was for wooster(:

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    • I don’t want to make a lot of money. I should do what I can already do good, not something which I have to acquire later. I don’t need a better internet; I am happy with the present one that I have. I don’t watch Youtube videos or anything.

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  6. Well… when you make a lot of money… you can do what you want later… yes it is good you don’t need much net for now, but most of us need it… if you have net then no need tv which is good na… anyway.

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