Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
While the film briefly pays lip service to the idea that being sold into prostitution as a child and being forced to have sex with strange men on a regular basis is a terrible thing, it nevertheless treats women who have suffered this as sultry and alluring fuck-dispensing machines who happily dole out sex as a reward to men. If there is a downside to being sold into prostitution as a child and being forced to have sex with strange men on a regular basis, there is little evidence for that here.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Of all the woman-hating crap I sit through, the absolute worst is the stuff that thinks it loves women and has given us strong and positive female characters and yet has clearly no idea how to actually do so. Like movie, that appears to believe that if you put a gun in a woman’s hand and some vaguely badass words in her mouth, it’s not exploitive to also treat her like a sex toy and a decorative object. This is, of course, not the case.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Transporter Refuelled! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Transporter Refuelled.