The Transporter Refuelled **
Dir: Camille Delamarre. With: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright. 96 mins. Cert: 15
With Jason Statham having paid all dues, unrepentant wheeler-dealer Luc Besson here reboots his handy chauffeur franchise with a catalogue-model lead (Ed Skrein) and so much drooling placement for one German car manufacturer you wonder why they didn’t sell adspace in the title. Brick Mansions’ Camille Delamarre shapes the odd glibly efficient chase sequence, but these are small bursts of acceleration amid disastrous, handbrake-on plotting that tangles Skrein with a gang of bum-wiggling sex workers. Only the ultra-impressionable will be thrilled: not a single blow in its posy, prop-dependent fight scenes looks as though it connected, let alone hurt. The Stath wouldn’t stand for such nonsense.
The Transporter Refuelled opens in cinemas nationwide today.