It's obvious that a lot of fans of action star Jason Statham aren't too keen on anyone else filling in his shoes for another take on the Transporter franchise. For better or worse though, that is what's happening with Deadpool co-star Ed Skrein staking his claim in the title role.

The new film, The Transporter Refueled, is opening in a little over three weeks and with plans for a trilogy in the works, there is a lot of ground to cover. For me, my test was director Camille Delamarre's debut remaking Pierre Morel's Banlieue 13 as Brick Mansions which felt more lackluster and dry in the action than anything. Incidentally, especially with the tone preset in the earlier movies, how the action looks here will be key to whether or not this one will live to tell the tale in the next few years, and while Skrein looks invariably dedicated here, it still bears wondering Luc Besson's protegè is.

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend soon takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabonal), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women looking for revenge.
EuropaCorp and Relativity's RED will be distributing the film upon its release on September 4 in 2D and IMAX theaters, and Machinima has unveiled the exclusive trailer for this week which you can now catch below!


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