The venerable “from hell” movie subgenre (e.g., nanny from hell, secretary from hell) picks up an unlikely addition — the rental car from hell — in “Vehicle 19
,” a South African-made B-grade quickie looking to cash in on a time-tested combination of elements: Paul Walker
and mass automotive mayhem. Neither particularly fast nor furious, this mostly preposterous high-concept clunker (which feels padded even at barely 80 minutes sans credits) makes a pit stop in a handful of North American theaters this week en route to a July 23 homevid debut.
” turns on the modest novelty that, once Walker’s Michael Woods
enters the titular Hertz minivan in the pic’s opening scene, he never leaves. Nor does director Mukunda Michael Dewil
’s camera, making this something like the “Cosmopolis
” of car-chase movies, though Dewil (a veteran commercials helmer) proves less adept than David Cronenberg
at continually reinventing his claustrophobic locale. Instead,