For many of us, The Transporter series was when we first fell in love with Jason Statham. It’s when we saw his full action movie potential as he drove, punched, and jump kicked his way into our hearts. The original Transporter trilogy plays out like a superhero film franchise, with its lead character preforming stunts that even The Avengers would have a hard time pulling off. Now, a new Stathamless series of Tranporter films is set to launch. While the lead has been recast with Ed Skrein, there is still hope since legendary producer Luc Besson is still on board and handling the film’s story.
The good news is, the newly released trailer actually looks pretty good. There’s tons of action and the expected one-liners; it looks like a lot of fun. The title, The Transporter: Refueled, is just the right amount of ridiculous as well. Time will tell whether Skrein can serve as a worthy replacement for Statham, but he seems to have the chops (literally) in the brief snippets we get here.
The best moment of the trailer comes when a presumably bad dude calls Ed Skrein a “John Wayne-type” and says that he should let things go. Ed replies, “Those were the old days… now we hold grudges and get revenge.” Good stuff. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that they decide to bump the film up to an R rating, although the stated June 19th release date makes that seem unlikely (R films rarely get the big summer openings).
All in all, I’ll hesitantly be checking out The Transporter: Refueled. It doesn’t have Statham, which makes it a hard sell, but if it packs in enough insane action it might be worth a trip to the theater. No word yet on whether Skrein will have a scene where he covers himself in oil and attaches bike pedals to his feet.