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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie frowns on prostitution, but at the same time it objectifies women. Additionally, revenge is a central theme. Characters are forced to work together; there's no natural teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too shallow and self-serving to be considered worthy role models.
Violence & Scariness
Strong, frequent fighting; not much blood or gore (aside from a somewhat gory bullet-removal scene). Guns are fired, and many secondary characters die. Burned corpses. Frequent martial arts fighting. Frequent car chases, exploding cars. Lots of peril/danger. A woman is pistol-whipped in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Man shown in bed sleeping with two women. The main character kisses a woman, removing shirt (sex is implied). More kissing; women shown dancing and lounging in lingerie, bikinis, and other skimpy outfits. Flirting.
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One use of "f--k." "S--t" is also used a few times, plus "a--hole," "bitch," "whore," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Audi cars are heavily featured. Evian water is mentioned several times (the company was an investor in the movie). Apple iPhones are frequently shown and used.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent social drinking by adults: whisky, vodka, champagne, beer, and wine. Drug reference.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Transporter Refueled is the fourth in the Transporter action series, and the first without star Jason Statham (Ed Skrein steps into the title role). Expect lots of shooting, with many secondary characters dying, plus frequent martial arts fighting, car chases, crashes, and explosions. There's also a somewhat gory bullet-removal scene, a shot of burnt corpses, and a woman being pistol-whipped in the face. Women are also generally objectified, constantly being shown in skimpy outfits. Sex is implied, and one man is shown sleeping in a bed with two partners. Language includes one "f--k," plus "s--t" and "a--hole." Characters drink fine liquor frequently but never get drunk. Blatant product placement includes Evian water and Audi cars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
On paper, it might have been an attractive idea for Luc Besson to resurrect the Transporter series, but without Jason Statham in the lead, and given a general carelessness, the movie is out of gas. Instead of Statham, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED gives us Skrein -- recognizable mainly due to a few episodes of Game of Thrones -- as Frank Martin. He's handsome, he's fit, and he has some chin scruff, but he has none of Statham's personality, and he never comes to life on screen.
Of course, he's not helped much by the lazy screenplay or by Camille Delamarre's hopelessly lost direction. Frank never seems to be looking at the road while he's driving, and the overly choreographed fight scenes have thugs simply walking into his punches. Perhaps worse, in a movie about eradicating prostitution, is the fact that there are dozens of scantily clad women objectified and on gratuitous display. In this entire mess, only Stevenson, as Frank Sr., has any charm. This is one for the scrap heap.
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