The Transporter Refueled

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
The Transporter Refueled Movie Poster Image
Pointless, lifeless, violent reboot objectifies women.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Characters are too shallow and self-serving to be considered worthy role models.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

One use of "f--k." "S--t" is also used a few times, plus "a--hole," "bitch," "whore," and "hell."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywishasha September 20, 2015

Transporter Refueled

Enjoyed all the joyride scenes - almost similar to the movie fast & the furious! Thumbs-up!
Kid, 8 years old September 4, 2015

Exciting and violent action film is somewhat bloody but not enough story.

My rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of disturbing violence,bloody images throughout,language,and racy content.
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 November 22, 2015

Dull, unnecessary and just plain bad.

The Transporter Refueled is one of the worst films of 2015. One, it is not Transporter without Jason Statham, although Ed Skrein is OK. Two, all the women, and... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the French Riviera, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) agrees to one of his "transporter" jobs, picking up a mysterious woman, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and two "packages." When the packages turn out to be women, Frank balks and threatens to quit. Unfortunately, his employers have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson), and they use that as leverage to force Frank to drive them away from a bank robbery. More heists follow, with Frank beating up many henchmen and causing many car crashes. Eventually it becomes clear that Anna and her friends are going after an evil crime lord who runs a prostitution ring. But can the good guys survive the final showdown on the bad guy's yacht?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Transporter Refueled's violence. Does it feel exciting or brutal? How did the filmmakers achieve that? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How are women portrayed in the movie? Do they come across as real characters or as objects to be looked at? What's the difference? What message does that send?

  • How does the movie depict sex? Is it meaningful to the characters? Parents, talk to your kids about your own values on this topic.

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