‘Vehicle 19′ Trailer: Paul Walker Is a Man with Nothing to Lose

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In its set-up, new indie action-thriller Vehicle 19 sounds undeniably intriguing. It tells the story of a man who is given the wrong car as the result of a mix-up with the rental agency and, after deciding that he doesn’t mind the change in model, discovers a gun, a cell phone, and a tied-up prisoner in the trunk.

You might not have picked up on this from watching the first two international trailers, but the experiment taking place in the film is that the camera never leaves the car (even though the protagonist might). Presumably, this is intended to communicate some kind of message about the protagonist being irrevocably tied to his unwelcome fate, but it’s a challenging choice that may succeed or fail depending on how well the director – and cinematographer – are able to pull it off.

It’s almost a shame, considering the setting of the film, that exploration only happens through a windshield. South Africa is a striking location to shoot in, as evidenced by Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 sci-fi District 9 and last year’s thriller Safe House. Not only do cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town have a certain kind of beauty that is largely untapped in mainstream cinema, the country’s turbulent socio-political history is a dramatic backdrop for any story.

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It seems that South African writer-director Mukunda Michael Deuwil may have drawn from this on certain levels. The latest trailer for the film, which can be seen above, opens by describing Jo’burg as “a city that has no rules” and goes on to flesh out a story of police corruption and a tourist stuck in a place where the usual structures can no longer be relied upon.

If the most exciting thing you saw in that trailer was the hint of a Blues Brothers-style car chase through a shopping mall, then don’t worry, because you’re not alone. The dialogue isn’t really anything to write home about, and despite the interesting set-up of Walker’s character being drawn into the plot purely by accident, there are an awful lot of clichés here to balance out the creativity (from the estranged spouse-in-danger to the jarringly cheesy lines that don’t quite work: “You know what’s more powerful than a mean bastard with too much power? A man who has nothing to lose!”)

The choice of Paul Walker as a lead makes sense on the face of it. When your film is about a man driving cars around very fast, who better to choose than an actor best known for the Fast and Furious films? No disparagement intended, of course, upon his memorable role as the jerk from She’s All That.

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But while the trailer exhibits many shots of Walker convincingly concentrating on not turning his vehicle into a tangled wreck, the emotional range he displays is not particularly evident of any ability to keep an audience emotionally invested in the character for the film’s full running time. However, we could simply be judging Vehicle 19 and Paul Walker prematurely.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Will you be watching Vehicle 19 when it hits theaters?

Vehicle 19 doesn’t yet have an official US release date, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have more details.

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  1. AWESOME!!!

  2. Meh!

    Any advance on DVD rental… do i hear DVD purchase, going once, going twice… Nope, rental it is.

  3. To say “there are an awful lot of clichés here” is an understatement.

  4. Honestly, I’m not sure Paul Walker thrives outside of movies with cars. This really is Fast and Furious meets a political Joy Ride. I think Paul Walker is a guy that people really want to like, but is far from being a great actor.

  5. Can he do a movie without cars ? But this looks like non stop action, maybe this movie will be good

  6. awesome

  7. Let’s see…an American in a Johannesburg rental car finds a gun…and the first thing he does is PICK IT UP…then takes on the entire Jo’burg police department…again, in a rental car….

    This stretches the imagination just a bit too far past reality for me; and that’s even without the lame Paul Walker acting and over-loaded clichés.

    (The only thing I liked Walker in was Timeline…and maybe the original F&F)

  8. He goes from one car movie to another…

  9. VEHICLE 9 reads like CELLULAR (Chris Pine) meets THE TRANSPORTER (Jason Statham) wrapped up in a Hitchcock-styled motif — ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. And a title that reminds us of DISTRICT 9….

    A motion picture with not much on its mind, what freshness or originality that can be found outside of mediocrity (an unlikely discovery) is what might allow VEHICLE 9 to make a few bucks here in the U.S. but will not earn the film any applause. Nowadays, with so many action flicks like this, it’s either a movie or a screen-saver. It would appear this film is looking at the box office overseas, VOD (and maybe ssame day) DVD, all of which amounts to a seven-digit payday.

    An awful lot of work goes into making any the worst film. This ain’t that but…good luck.

    • First, it’s Vehicle 19 not 9, and second, Chris Pine was not in Cellular, it was Jason Statham.

      • I think he meant Chris Evans who starred in Cellular alongside Jason Statham best known for The Transporter.

        • I have enough Freudian slips in my prior comment to put me on the couch. Absolutely, I meant to say VEHICLE 19…and my reference to Chris Evans. But it makes the point of so much of these movies and actors sort of running together after a while; so many similar faces and films in release over a period of time; and a question as to why more and more of the same. Of course, the answer is and remains three letters: ATM

  10. Looks pretty interesting. Reminds me of safe house (guy being in over his head), even though I don’t remember that being in South Africa.
    I think I’ll wait for it to come out on home video though, since there are too many other movies to see.

  11. Glad to see Paul walker taking a risk like this.

  12. Love vehicle 19 from start to finish apart from the obvious attraction to Paul’s looks. There is a genuinely great actor and a great candid film keeps you intrigued from start to finish

  13. I think Paul Walker is a solid, likable actor and Vehicle 19 is a solid, likable movie. The central theme of the story is an ex-con vindicating himself by one good, selfless act. The car chases are good, the South African township locations eye-catching, and the tension is sustained. Like Cellphone, which someone else here hated, it’s good to stumble on an action B movie that rings a few changes. Poor Paul, though! He died as he lived – in the fast lane. A great loss.