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Vehicle 19 (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 20

It starts with an interesting premise and Paul Walker is as handsomely brooding as ever, but Vehicle 19's incoherently shot action sequences make it a poor substitute for his work in the Fast & Furious movies.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

It starts with an interesting premise and Paul Walker is as handsomely brooding as ever, but Vehicle 19's incoherently shot action sequences make it a poor substitute for his work in the Fast & Furious movies.

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A recently paroled man unwittingly picks up the wrong rental 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 local corruption. (c) Ketchup Entertainment

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Mystery & Suspense

Mukunda Michael Dewil

Jul 23, 2013

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (20)

Neither particularly fast nor furious.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Mr. Walker's character is haunted by a troubled past, but the film would have been better if it had given him more to do in the present.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The plot is brainless even for a Paul Walker movie. Get ready for "The Slow and the Spurious."

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A lean, low-budget and claustrophobic mistaken-identity thriller that's so stripped-down, it's nearly nonexistent.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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[Walker] is forced to really act here. It's a task he faces with admirable dedication, if not unqualified success.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The degree to which Vehicle 19 flounders and ultimately fails is, to put it mildly, rather disappointing...

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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neither Walker nor the script can keep your interest for the duration, with action set pieces and intrusive music overpowering what should have been a claustrophobic and tense experience

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

The script is overwhelmed by cliches and implausibilities.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Low-tech and initially diverting, the feature soon rides on dramatically bald tires with Walker in the lead role, unable to squeeze out the necessary anguish to communicate the wrong place, wrong time feel of the script.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

As one incoherent action scene follows another, one's left staring at a film with nothing to respond to, waiting for it all to be over.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Paul Walker is an effective and handsome lead and retains a look of brooding intensity that is appropriate for the role.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Paul Walker is fine behind the wheel. But the chases are shot ineptly and what's a car chase movie without good looking chases?

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Paul Walker remains behind the steering wheel, but this action thriller has a whiff of the arthouse about it, simply by being set in South Africa.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

An interesting idea paired with lacklustre execution makes for a passable rather than thrilling ride.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

At first it's intriguing, then annoying, and finally it gives us the urge to get out and walk.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

OMG, is this supposed to be this funny?

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Vehicle 19

I am usually a fan of Paul Walker films, and I even have a soft spot for most of the bad ones, but not even he could save this film. Having just a terrible script, there was not much for him to work with here, and taking place entirely in one vehicle you would think that would have some sort of intensity to it. Paul Walker is not the greatest actor in the world, but he always gives his all, and because he does in this one, the script makes him look awful. I will admit that any filmmaker that agrees to make a one-location film takes a lot of guts and I admire that, but it doesn't work in this case. Some of the action scenes are exciting, but the second you hear dialogue you will want to vomit. "Vehicle 19" is a mess that really goes nowhere by the end. The only redeemable factors are it's short run time and it's well-executed action; However, the film surrounding those elements is one of the laziest I have ever seen.
August 14, 2014
KJ Proulx

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three stars
December 15, 2013
YodaMasterJedi
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I really didn't know anything about Vehicle 19 before seeing it, and it had all the standout aspects of being a great action film. Unfortunately it falls short due to a somewhat clichéd script, bland acting and uneven directing. This film should have been better, but it ends up being a mediocre one at that. Vehicle 19 should have been a good little B movie, but instead it just ends up being a clunky actioner with no real substance. I thought it started off well, but it ended up being a poorly crafted action film that just didn't deliver anything remarkable. I really wanted to get into the film, but it just fell short on so many levels. Paul Walker seems like he's overdoing it here, and he just fails at delivering something that is actually worth watching. Vehicle could have been a great movie if the script would have been better and the action sequences better thought out. There are parts of the film that are interesting, but they aren't significant to make this a film worth seeing. If you love Paul Walker, you may enjoy this, but I thought this was a mediocre film and one that wastes its potential on such a poorly written script. If you want Paul Walker's best films check out Running Scared or Joy Ride instead of this film. I was very much disappointed by this film, and it could have been a much better film if the script and cast were thought out a bit more. The actors simply don't have any screen presence and they just overdo their performances and that just ends up being a tiresome affair. Vehicle 19 is stand B movie fair, and kit never has anything to really make it standout.
August 15, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A great surprise. A genuinely thrilling and vastly exciting chase film that literally puts you in the chase, it keeps the pace moving and is never boring and Paul Walker carries you all the way through. A simple plot that keeps things interesting and always entertaining. An exhilarating thriller that keeps the action moving. Paul Walker gives an awesome performance, he shows he's more than a guy who has been driving fast cars in an action franchise and shows he's an actor who has reach and depth. Walker shows a great side of himself, not an action hero but a man who has made mistakes and is pushed into an impossible situation that he has to somehow get himself out of. Like Phone Booth, Buried or Brake, the films star, carries the story and the pace and if the star cant make it work then the film dose not work, but thankfully it works very well.
July 29, 2013
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