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Vehicle 19 (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  7 February 2013 (Bahrain)
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In Johannesburg, an American parole breaker unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.

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Naima McLean ...
Rachel Shabangu
Gys de Villiers ...
Detective Smith
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Angelica Moore
Tshepo Maseko ...
Lieutenant
Andrian Mazive ...
Journalist Benji
Welile Nzuza ...
Mohawk
Mangaliso Ngema ...
Judge James Muzuka
Ernest Kubayi ...
Crackhead
Elize Van Niekerk ...
Car Rental Receptionist (voice)
Sizo Motsoko ...
Car Charger Kid 1
Siviwe Mazibuko ...
Car Charger Kid 2
Brandon Lindsay ...
Hostage Reporter
Paul Pieterse ...
Bicyclist
Ben Tjibe ...
Muscles
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In Johannesburg, an American parole breaker unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.

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He picked the wrong car. They picked the wrong guy.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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The police cars are mostly BMW 3 series. There is also a VW Golf/Rabbit, and an Isuzu Pickup truck. See more »

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When the black police ISUZU crashes into the drinks fridge at the supermarket, the van reflected in its chrome side mirror is not all red. See more »

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Rachel Shabangu: You must do the right thing... It's on you.
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References Drive (2011) See more »

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Falls at the first hurdle
11 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

One reviewer says this film has a "nice plot", but the plot of Vehicle 19 is actually its greatest downfall, and, as movies generally succeed or fail or their plots, this movie is a bit of a bummer.

What I am about to say might, for some films, be a plot spoiler, but as I've established the plot is poop, I don't think I need to worry.

So, Paul Walker arrives at Jo'burg airport, picks up the wrong rental car and subsequently discovers a silenced gun has been left for the rightful renter for the purpose of killing the female lawyer currently tied up and gagged in the trunk. Hmm. Someone has gone to the trouble of kidnapping this woman, sourcing a silenced weapon, bundling her into a rental car, but doesn't bother with that extra step of killing her. (This is a little like that old James Bond moment when the baddies always but always fail to actually kill him when they have the chance.) Instead, they have hired someone from abroad to fly in, pick up the car, take it somewhere remote and kill the woman. Come on, people, this is one of the most violent countries on earth; you couldn't find someone local to do the job?

This is, therefore, one of the most contrived plot openings ever, and its discordant noise reverberates throughout the entire film. Paul Walker's character makes some equally idiotic moves with the sole purpose of progressing what remains of the plot, ignoring common sense at every turn in a sterling effort to place himself in as much danger as possible.

You get the gist.

The final scene is a direct rip-off of Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet, which is a far better get-this-lady-to-safety film than Vehicle 19 could ever hope to be.

It's rather sad. As much as I really like Paul Walker as an action hero, and mourn his untimely passing, this is a pitiful epitaph for the man.


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