Six films into "The Fast and Furious,"
The handsome but unassuming gearhead plays an American ex-con with so much bad luck that when he lands in left-lane oriented South Africa, the car company gives him the wrong rental — a screw-up that steers him straight into a deadly sex trafficking scandal starring the Johannesburg chief of police. Hit the brakes!
Writer-director Mukunda Michael Dewil's thriller is so car-centric that Walker never even steps out of the vehicle to stretch. When he needs a moment to think, he drives it through an automatic wash.
A serviceable if silly B-movie, "Vehicle 19" will be lucky to make even one-tenth of "Fast and Furious 6's" opening weekend haul. But even if it doesn't have the budget to let Walker race a plane, there is a nifty grocery store chase where his minivan whizzes past dish soap and canned corn.
Also on hand are the compelling Naima McLean, as a special-prosecutor-in-peril, and a rainbow of South African bit players hired to rob the car, paint the car, or stand in the road like traffic cones.
— Amy Nicholson
MPAA Rating: R for brief, strong language.
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
Playing: At AMC Ontario Mills.