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drives cars. He drives them fast. That much we know, as he's done it throughout the Fast and Furious franchise for over a decade now. But sometimes, a man needs to sink his teeth into something a bit more cerebral. Say, a movie where you're still driving a car really fast, but it's a political thriller instead of a mindless action flick.

All joking aside, a new trailer has been released for 's upcoming Vehicle 19, and it looks like it shows promise:

The premise is that Walker, a recently parolee from the U.S., travels to South Africa to meet his ex-wife at the U.S. Embassy (I presume) to try and repair their broken relationship. It's his bad luck that he's given the wrong rental car, which turns out to be even worse luck when the trunk reveals Rachel (), who holds key evidence for a trial concerning police corruption. This throws the reluctant Walker into a deadly chase as he navigates a city he's unfamiliar with while trying to avoid an army of crooked cops (seemingly every cop in the city) and deliver Rachel safely to the trial.

This movie is intriguing, but not so much because of the premise. The idea of the innocent man (or woman) being purposely or inadvertently set up to take the fall for a corrupt political/military/government force has been done. Over and over again, it's been done: The Fugitive, Salt, Enemy of the State, Minority Report, etc (I could go on).

The intrigue is the people involved behind the scenes. Dewil is a relative unknown, and question marks are always good for a bit of mystery. He's teamed up with producer , whose Buried was a 2010 Sundance breakout.

The conceit (some might say gimmick) upon which the movie hinges is the one-location aspect. The entire movie takes place within the claustrophobic confines of the car. We've found this before in 's Cosmopolis, and utilized the first-person POV from a car in End of Watch. It's an interesting visual effect and perspective which might help to inject new life into a genre that has already been done. The catch to the movie will be the acting of Walker, which, judging from the trailer, is dubious. He works best when put next to someone who has more charisma or a larger role; I'm not sure he has the chops to pull off leading man-caliber acting. But if he does, the movie should be successful.


There is no U.S. release date for Vehicle 19 yet, so click [[follow]] and we'll keep you posted.


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