Writer: Jeremy Rush (Screenplay)
Starring: Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt, Wendy Moniz, Shea Whigman
Plot: A getaway driver for a bank robbery realizes he has been double crossed and races to find out who betrayed him.
Tagline – Think Fast. Drive Faster.
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Real-Time Action Film
Story: Wheelman starts when the latest job for the man only known as Wheelman (Grillo), he gets to and from the robberies and is one of the best in the business. When the job is being done, Wheelman gets a phone call warning him that the crew will kill him after the job, forcing him to make the decision on whether to leave the crew or not.
Leaving the crew Wheelman is stuck in the middle of trying to figure out who he should trust, who to give the money to and how to stay alive this night.
Thoughts on Wheelman
Characters – Wheelman is our central character, he is every scene, we know he is an ex-con trying to keep some custody for his daughter, he is on his latest job, which doesn’t go as planned, leaving him needing to figure out what he has gotten himself into. Most of the characters come through phone calls, one being his connection, another being his daughter and two being either side of the arguments.
Performances – Frank Grillo in the leading role carries the film, if he gave us a bad performance we would be seeing a very different movie, he feels like he could be a lead in any action crime film. the rest of the cast are mostly on the phone with the odd scene, so it is hard to judge their work.
Story – The story is simple, a driver finds himself in the middle of a mob war when he is involved in a bank robbery, he must use his driving skills to keep ahead of the game as he looks to figure out who is the side to trust. This does keep us guessing along the way which does keep us invested in where things will go.
Action/Crime/Mystery – The action is good car chases, we watch them unfold from the lead car which we stay in through the whole film, the shows us where the crime has taken place and the mystery surrounding who to trust.
Settings – The film is set from with the car around the city, most views are car views of the city which is nice, we see what the driver sees.
Final Thoughts – This is a good action film to watch if you have the time, it won’t challenge you much, but will keep you entertained throughout.
Overall: Action film fans to enjoy.