I know what you’re thinking: Paul Walker sure loves his car movies, having made his career on several action-adventure flicks involving guys chasing other guys in designer cars. But the smart thing that Paul does is to make sure each movie is of a different genre — or at least, subgenre — so that they can’t all be lumped together.
Of course there was 2001′s The Fast and the Furious, which launched a franchise that has had Paul in four of its movies—five, if the rumored The Fast and the Furious 6 happens. But even though his next project after The Fast and the Furious was Joy Ride, it was drastically different: He played a teenager who has to race for his life after pissing off the wrong trucker on a dark and lonely road. (It’s a hilarious movie that manages to also be terrifying.)
Paul’s latest project, Vehicle 19, manages to mix elements from both of those movies and still be original: Paul plays a recently paroled traveler who picks up the wrong rental car and gets embroiled in a police corruption scandal. Here’s the logline:
A recently paroled man unwittingly picks up the wrong vehicle, having just got off a long haul flight. He soon realizes that he is the target of an entire police force that will use any means necessary to stop him and the tied-up female “passenger” he discovers in the trunk, from getting to the courthouse to testify against top-to-bottom corruption.
The hook here is that the movie was shot entirely inside the car. People are already drawing comparisons to Buried, the claustrophobic drama starring Ryan Reynolds and his dying cell phone locked inside a coffin buried underground.
Director Mukunda Michael Dewil calls the movie “a redemptive drama dressed up as an action thriller.” It took the crew only 30 days to shoot, which is probably fairly easy since the cameras were all mounted on inflated inner tubes in the back of the car. Like so:
Vehicle 19 is in post-production and should come out sometime in 2012.