Vehicle 19

2013-08-12 13:16
Vehicle 19
What it's about:

Michael is an ex-con breaking his parole conditions to visit the ex-wife he hasn't seen in five years. He's late, and a power outage at the car rental company mixes up his booking. While he's driving, a phone beeps. Not his; a phone inside the glove compartment. Stuck in traffic now, Michael, scratching around under the car seat, feels a gun. The phone rings. "You were meant to acknowledge receipt of the message."

Michael can't afford any trouble, but has no idea what to do with a gun in the vehicle. This is not good. The phone rings again. The voice friendlier now, explaining he got the wrong car, it was meant for an undercover policeman. Michael relieved he’s not in trouble. The detective gives Michael directions to drop off the Minivan and get another vehicle.

Michael gets lost, the minivan gets stuck on a bumpy dirt road. When the back seat flips forward, a kidnapped woman rolls out of the trunk bound and gagged. She has to testify in a major corruption trial. Without her testimony, the prosecution has no case.

What the critics said:

"Neither particularly fast nor furious."
- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Vehicle 19 sets up a fascinating conceit for itself, and then loses interest in delivering on it. It just wants to get to the cool car chase, but by the time it does, we've stopped caring."
- Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

"A lean, low-budget and claustrophobic mistaken-identity thriller that's so stripped-down, it's nearly nonexistent."
- Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

Wrong place. Wrong time. Wrong car.
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