There are few things I like more than a good Jason Statham movie. A good steak, a hard fought Celtics victory, the face a dog makes when it is happy to see you, and Jason Statham ripping through an army of bad guys or good guys depending his character. That’s pretty much my list of favorites from top to bottom.
After kicking off the summer with a role in the Melissa McCarthy box office hit, Spy, I was PUMPED to see that there was a new Transporter movie coming out right before Labor Day.
And then I realized something. They producers of this franchise have done the impossible. They’ve replaced Jason Statham in the title role as the Transporter. This is a Statham-less Transporter movie. It’s like having Christmas without Santa. A Thanksgiving without a turkey. It’s a travesty.
Having said that, it does open this weekend and is the only movie with the potential to unseat Straight Outta Compton as the number one movie in the country. We may not have Statham, but at least now we have the action movie we need to close out the summer.
What’s It About: In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.
The Big Question:
Are we looking at the successor to James Bond and will carrying the title of TRANSPORTER be on the same level as 007, or will the audience do the right thing and clamor for the return of Jason Statham similar to how the did with Matt Damon and the Bourne franchise?