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Vehicle 19 (2013)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Michael Woods
Naima McLean Naima McLean ... Rachel Shabangu
Gys de Villiers ... Detective Smith
Leyla Haidarian Leyla Haidarian ... Angelica Moore / Radio Journalist
Tshepo Maseko Tshepo Maseko ... Lieutenant
Andrian Mazive ... Journalist Benji
Welile Nzuza Welile Nzuza ... Mohawk
Mangaliso Ngema Mangaliso Ngema ... Judge James Muzuka
Ernest Kubayi Ernest Kubayi ... Crackhead (as Ernest 'Ray Ray' Kubayi)
Elize Van Niekerk Elize Van Niekerk ... Car Rental Receptionist (voice)
Sizo Motsoko Sizo Motsoko ... Car Charger Kid #1
Siviwe Mazibuko Siviwe Mazibuko ... Car Charger Kid #2
Brandon Lindsay Brandon Lindsay ... Hostage Reporter
Paul Pieterse Paul Pieterse ... Bicyclist
Jeanne Maree Du Pisanie Jeanne Maree Du Pisanie ... Angelica's Double
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Storyline

In Johannesburg, an American parole breaker unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Near the end of the movie, a man looks inside the minivan, and tells Michael to "Burn it all away!". Michael is played by Paul Walker, who soon after died in a car crash that set the Porsche ablaze. Incidentally, that car was red, just like the freshly repainted minivan. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Michael Woods: Excuse me; excuse me; can you tell me where Smuts Street is?
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Connections

References Drive (2011) See more »

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This Year
Written by Ntokozo Mdluli (as N. Midluli), Bantu Hanabe (as B. Hanabe) and Ezee Hanabe (as E. Hanabe)
Performed by Teargas
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A shame this stinker had to be one of Walker's last few films
10 January 2014 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I was very saddened, as was everyone, by the recent passing of Paul Walker. He may not have been the finest actor around, but he had charisma and screen presence. He seemed to love doing movies involving cars as a central theme. Unfortunately this may have skewed his decision on deciding to do 'Vehicle 19', because not many could debate this was a blight on his career.

The first thing that must be mentioned is the grim view it portrays of Johannesburg, South Africa. From what I understand of the place (having never been) what we see is quite accurate to how things really are, but it just felt as though the quantity it was shown in was overkill. There were constantly people coming up to cars with knives demanding wallets, or kids coming up and distracting from one window while another child steals things from the other window, or even people driving by a pulled over police car and throwing things at it before driving off. Just a few examples of things that just kept coming up and were for the most part completely unrelated to the story and held little relevance to anything. Perhaps writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil had a bad experience there once?

The writing is lazy throughout. The opening scene shows Walker's character in a car chase trying to avoid the police. The screen then pauses and we are shown the word on the screen "earlier". I don't mind beginning a movie with a scene that takes place later in the piece, but the scene needs to provide at least some intrigue or mystery. This movie is called 'Vehicle 19', it wouldn't have taken a genius to work out there would be a car chase in it at some point. The set-up is incredibly lazy, to the point that no explanation is even attempted as to why Walker's character is given the wrong car in the first place. The characters make incredibly unrealistic decisions throughout which makes it really hard to have any empathy for them. Naima McLean's acting was near unwatchable. Walker himself does what he can with a terrible script and terrible actors to work off. I was actually impressed with the effort he put in. I'm sure he realised pretty early in the piece what a shocker he'd signed on to, so it can't have been easy.

It's a real shame this movie has to stay on Walker's résumé, especially in the latter part of it. He had some pretty good movies in his time, 'Joy Ride' being a personal favourite of mine and of course the 'Fast and Furious' series. Of course no actor is clean of the odd shocker so it'll be forgiven. But I plead with you - if you get the urge to go and rent/buy some Walker films to remember him by just skip over this one.


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Official Sites:

Vidio [Indonesia]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2013 (Bahrain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,473,445
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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