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Soundtrack review: The transporter refueled (Alexandre Azaria – 2015)

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“The Transporter Refueled” (known as Le Transporteur Héritage in France) is an action thriller film directed by Camille Delamarre and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Luc Besson. It is the fourth film in the Transporter franchise and the first film to be distributed by EuropaCorp in North America, but features a new cast, with Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham as the title role of Frank Martin. The franchise still seems to have some pull if they decided to go ahead and drop the main star. The plot involves his father being kidnapped in order to force him to kill a bad guy. Alexandre Azaria wrote the score and for me this is the first contact with the music of this franchise.

To be honest I expected something rather generic from this score. I remember the previous movies and the music never grabbed me. I have a chance now to really pay attention to it and I find myself having am enjoyable time navigating this hour. The music varies and changes pace and does enough to keep me invested. A cue like “Legacy” could actually be a first substitute if a James Bond score was a football team. It’s both gripping and exciting and has a few motifs that scream “Bond”.

With this sensation inside the score gets even easier to listen and have a good time with. Half of it has passed and I’ve already gotten more than I expected. The treasures of spy scores we’ve enjoyed in the past couple of months have opened my taste and even if the story is different here the score Alexandre Azaria wrote fits right in there. It also reminds me of how much I enjoyed the three “Taken” scores.

The action is fast paced and electronic and the tension is nicely crafted and very British, if I there is such thing as British musical suspense. “Stop the place” renews my faith in this composition and makes me happy that I gave it a chance. This is pure adrenaline pumping action without any exaggerations or unnecessary inserts. So what if I’ve heard it many times before in other action scores… I love it, gets my blood pumping and I might try it out for my running playlists.

Over all “Transporter refueled” was an enjoyable score. Didn’t have enough to really fill a solid hour but the action moments were right in the tone of the movie.

Cue rating: 81 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 61

Album excellence: 17%

Highlights:

Legacy

Carlton

Stop The Plane

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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