You pretty much know what to expect from a Transporter film – fist fights, flash cars and beautiful women. But what you also usually expect is Jason Statham gravel growling and scowling his way through the running time. Things have changed somewhat for this reboot, with Ed Skrein (Ill Manors) stepping into his sharp suit as Frank Martin.
It's mostly business as usual for Frank – there is a package (in this case, two bewigged women) to be delivered somewhere for shady types and a lot of dangerous folk who would rather he didn't make it. Cue car chases, beat downs, quick cuts and extended sequences where villains make exposition speeches before Frank unleashes his particular set of skills on everyone around. But there are also the odd nods to the fact that time has moved on and things have changed a little.
Skrein doesn't quite seem to have the same unknown quantity that makes Statham work in the role, although we will have to wait and see the whole film before making any solid judgements. Brick Mansions (2014) director Camille Delamarre is calling the shots, working from a script that producer Luc Besson (Léon) handed to Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods And Kings) to write.
The film – also known as The Transporter Legacy – will be out here on 19 June.