The Transporter is back, but not as you know him. Still the most extreme courier driver around, Frank Martin is played by British newcomer Ed Skrein, who steps in for Jason Statham as a suitably smooth-talking, former special-ops mercenary, who now spends his days delivering suspicious packages to shady customers with no questions asked.
Martin’s simple rules for his transportation business are thrown out the window when he becomes caught up with a team of dangerous women out for revenge, which leads to his father (Ray Stevenson) being kidnapped and held to ensure the transporter does exactly as they say.
The action scenes that follow, as Martin fights for what he loves are so slick and stylish it hurts, and often involve the young Brit dispatching enemies through increasingly ingenious means, including rope and drawers – yes drawers.
This is not a subtle film by any means and while there are flaws, mostly in dialogue and a few slight plot holes, a series of stunts involving a jumbo jet that even The Fast and the Furious and Mission Impossible franchises would be proud of make it difficult not to like this film.
Diehards will ask whether The Transporter can realistically survive without Statham, but Skrein certainly does his amiable best to ensure the legacy lives on.
Distraught in the aftermath of her son’s death, Lila (Viola Davis) attends a support group and meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), who has recently lost her daughter. Fed up with apathetic authorities that have made few inroads into her son’s case, Lila is persuaded by Eve to go vigilante and comb the criminal underworld in search of justice. Davis puts in a wrenching performance and proves that a grieving mother is a force to be reckoned with, although the “big twist” can be predicted ahead of time.
In her latest outing, Barbie (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) stars as Courtney, a princess who finds her life of protocol and appearances a tad dull. Everything is flipped on its head when a mix-up sees her swap lives with a young rocker, Erika (voiced by Chiara Zanni), after the pair are sent to the wrong summer camps. With both camps facing closure, the pair decide to put their differences aside and their voices together to achieve the impossible. Catchy songs, but ultimately a film that is clearly geared towards a certain demographic.
A mysterious stranger appears in a Scottish backwater town and soon finds himself in the cells of a local prison, where rookie cop, Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh) is starting her first night shift. Known only as Six (Liam Cunningham), it soon becomes clear that his appearance is no accident and that divine retribution is on the cards for the prison’s twisted inmates.
The sequel to the hit action comedy Welcome, Welcome Back follows the exploits of a bumbling family of gangsters, with Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal reprising their roles from the 2007 film. According to the veteran actor Kapoor, “it is not a great film”, but it offers good, clean family fun.