“The Transporter Refueled” running on half tank

Gavin Gaddis

“The Transporter Refueled” is a movie set in 2010  about a guy driving a car that wasn’t put into production until 2013. This discrepancy perfectly highlights what makes this addition to the “Transporter” franchise simultaneously intriguing and frustrating as hell.

The film is frustrating because of the fact that “Refueled” never really decides if it is a prequel or a reboot for the franchise. Without the iconic gravelly voice of Jason Statham, the protagonist, is a mildly British person whispering constantly.

The film is intriguing because it has all the tropes of a bad B-movie filmed in Europe to save costs, using actors who either know little to zero English and are speaking the phonetics of their lines.

The “Transporter” series has traditionally been a series produced in France by French crew with an English script. “Refueled” is no different, but it also seems to have been heavily changed in editing.

Having been delayed three times over the course of a year, I have no problem stating that someone somewhere in the editing process thought the villain’s French accent was too thick.

Why do I think that? Every single word that comes out of his mouth is obviously overdubbed.

This film doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s not intentionally corny to the point of something like “Kung Fury,” but it’s also not as serious or faithful to the original films as the advertisements would lead a viewer to believe.

The final conflict between hero and villain, in a series about a guy who is really good at driving cars and kicking ass, is a pathetic fist-fight on a clifftop.

The protagonist throws a rock at the villain’s face at one point, which is the biggest laugh of the movie for me. Watching a realistically painted styrofoam rock ping off a grown man’s face was worth the price of admission.