Straight out of the American Film Market, we’ve got the first images and a brief synopsis for the indie thriller Vehicle 19. The film stars Paul Walker, who is also an executive producer on the project, and centers on a foreign traveler who picks up the wrong rental car and ends up caught in the middle of a police corruption scandal. This isn’t your typical thriller though, because the hook of Vehicle 19 is that the entire film was shot from inside this one car. Written and directed by South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil, the film is an atypical action pic. Hit the jump to check out the images and the synopsis, as well as some thoughts from Dewil himself about the unique filmmaking approach.
“It was always going to be like a thriller that has an edge to it, and was more intimate than a blockbuster…it’s a redemptive drama dressed up as an action thriller.”
Given the claustrophobic nature of the shooting style, one of the film’s producers Peter Safran draws comparisons to the “Ryan Reynolds in a box” film Buried, which Safran also produced. The film was shot in chronological order in South Africa on 35mm, and to avoid shaky movements the in-car cameras were mounted on inflatable inner-tubes. They also revealed that, due to the indie nature of the pic, they shot the entire film in just 30 days.
Here’s the logline for Vehicle 19:
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.
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