OK, we get it, Paul Walker is a really good driver. After the enormous success of the Fast and Furious franchise, Vehicle 19 starring Mr. Walker seems like a budget version of the real thing. But only seems. Set in exotic, but very dangerous capitol of South Africa, Johannesburg, this movie is a pretty straightforward thriller. The story is simple, the characters are also simple and generic, so it’s so surprising that the director Mukunda Michael Dewil, who’s also the writer managed to do the directing part so good, but the writing not so much. Camera angles are really good and weird, giving the movie an almost European vibe and making the most of the tight budget, but the conversations and twists seem rushed and without any emotion. The acting is decent, although a bit wooden, it seems that everybody on the set knew that this is not some masterpiece.

Vehicle 19 PosterMichael Woods, a guy with a knack for being in the wrong place in the wrong time has done it again, this time not in America, but in South Africa. Only ten days after his release from prison, he decides to visit his wife in Johannesburg. He rents a car to get to the US embassy where she’s waiting for him, but alas gets in the wrong one. In hurry, he just drives off, not knowing that there are quite a few surprises waiting for him in the car, first of which is the phone with instructions to apparently kill someone and to do it quietly. As things weren’t bad enough, he finds a gun in the glove compartment, and this is just the beginning of his ordeal…

Vehicle 19 is a good movie to start your movie night and then move to better movies, but it’s still worth watching especially if you like car chases and exotic locations. The other thing I liked about this movie is the fact that this is the first major movie for the director Mukunda Micheal Dewil, and I hope to see more of his movies, but with someone else writing the plot, sorry Mukunda, but you’re a director. A really good director.

Director: Mukunda Michael Dewil

Writer:  Mukunda Michael Dewil

Cast: Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, Tshepo Maseko, Andrian Mazive

Fun Facts: Paul Walker is the executive producer

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1911662

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