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Wheelman (2017)

TV-MA | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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A getaway driver for a bank robbery realizes he has been double crossed and races to find out who betrayed him.


Jeremy Rush


Jeremy Rush





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Grillo ... Wheelman
Caitlin Carmichael ... Katie
Garret Dillahunt ... Clayton
Shea Whigham ... Motherfucker
Wendy Moniz-Grillo ... Jessica (as Wendy Moniz)
John Cenatiempo ... Real Handler
Slaine ... Jazz Handler
Jeffrey Samai Jeffrey Samai ... Ben Okri
William Xifaras ... Mechanic
Seth Ayott ... Vinnie 'The Pig Behind The Ram'
Eddie J. Fernandez Jr. ... Hip Hop Guy
John Vincent Mason John Vincent Mason ... Man With Jazz
Joe Dryden ... Motocyrcle Driver
James Fierro ... Cop Car Driver
Chris Nolte ... Bald Guy


After three years in prison, the driver known as Wheelman has to work for mobsters to pay for a debt. When he is assigned to drive a getaway car for a bank heist, he is not able to contact his liaison and a stranger call him giving orders to deliver the stolen money to him. Soon he learns that he has been betrayed by his contact and spends the night trying to save his thirteen year-old Katie and his ex-wife Jessica from a gang that wants the money robbed from the bank. But who can be trusted? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Think Fast. Drive Faster.


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Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Direksiyondaki Adam See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Car driven for approximately the first hour of the movie is a 2003-2005 BMW 330i with the Performance Package (ZHP). See more »


It's a black car but the top down shot shows RED paintwork. See more »


Featured in Conan: Kristen Bell/Frank Grillo/Beth Stelling (2017) See more »

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Think if Michael Mann went back to making small scale, but thrilling movies.
22 October 2017 | by johnplocarSee all my reviews

I do thoroughly enjoy a large amount of what Netflix has been dishing out over the last few years, whether that be in their television series' or their films, I find that there is a lot of quality entertainment that they've released. "Wheelman" is another fine example of their good work. Nothing big by any means, it keeps things simple, but that's how it accomplishes so much. By restricting the narrative to center around simply a wheelman for a robbery is stuck in this messy heist gone wrong and he has to figure his way out alive in one night. The story gives more than enough material for Frank Grillo (the wheelman) to work with and provide enough cool chase sequences to entertain significantly.

Frank Grillo, as mentioned before, is the lead and he does a terrific job carrying this movie. His character isn't anything new that I haven't seen before in other countless films; a man who in an attempt to help out his family owes an underground criminal syndicate a large sum of money and the only way to pay them back is by committing enough crimes until the debt is paid. Plus he's also become estranged from his daughter and separated/divorced from his wife. But Grillo has screen presence and more than plenty of charisma that I'm still able to let myself become invested in his character.

In terms of 'getaway/car chase' movies, this comes to me as a breath of fresh air. Particularly since the last couple of examples I had seen in this genre were "Overdrive" and "Kidnap", which were both utter garbage. "Wheelman" outshines the both of them easily in narrative, characters, action, editing, acting, and basically everything else that comes to filmmaking. The makers behind "Wheelman" clearly know how to make the scene look good with stylish camera work and not just shaking it around while the editor has a field day with cutting every second, leaving the viewer disoriented in the most obnoxious way. The screenwriter knows how to build tension in a cohesive way that goes along with the plot, as well as the movie's characters, instead of forcing silly and idiotic moments that pulls the audience out rather than reel them in as it should.

If you're looking for a decently suspenseful car chase/getaway movie with a cool style and intelligently put together action beats then I believe that this should appease. Sure there are numerous of movies that are reminiscent of this film, but when it's done well like it is here, then it can still be a fun ride. So check it out if what I've said entices you at all.

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