This spare, stark, simple double-cross story is hung on the bones of some of the best road-action camera work I've seen since the 1980s. The chase- scene shot sequencing hearkens back to the early giants of the genre: Bullit, The Driver, The Blues Brothers. The makers spend plenty of attention on watching the Wheelman manipulate the controls of his car and presenting realistic, easy-to-follow driving choreography. Nothing in this thing breaks your suspension of disbelief... unlike other multi-million dollar, CGI-choked car-chase franchises I can think of. Yes, as some reviewers have <more>
complained, most of the conflict is advanced through cell phone conversations, but that merely serves to throw the many actions sequences into even sharper relief. The director never pulls you out of the car to set you safely on the sidelines as the action goes whizzing by; you're in the seat with the bullets flicking past your head. Sit down, listen to the dialogue, and you'll like this inexpensive little jewel.
At the center and the heart of this movie, is a powerhouse performance from Frank Grillo as the Wheelman of the title. He carries most of the film on his own shoulders, with early interactions through phone conversations as the conflict increases and the tension rises. As the story progresses and the plot thickens, he peels back the layers and we get to see what makes this character tick, what matters to him and why he has gotten himself into this mess. His performance alone was the main hook for me and held me from the opening to the final frames.You often read the term visceral when it <more>
comes to describing some modern movies, but few, if any have been so successful in creating a tense, tight atmosphere where you actually feel like you are in the middle of the story and right there in that car with the hero. This works in part because of some bold and brave camera placements and cinematography, which helps to show the story and events from the driver's perspective. But also due to a tight, well written script which builds and builds to the climax and at its heart is a story about a man risking it all for his fractured family.This was a movie I was waiting to be released and am delighted it lived up to all of its potential. I enjoyed watching it as a piece of entertainment but on next viewing I will be studying it as a student of film. Studying the excellent performances from all involved and the tight, well written script but also how well it manages to be a full on contained a single location within multiple locations experience. This is the first film out of the gate and very strong start from Warparty, which is Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan's new partnership/production company and I've read hints of potential sequels. I hope we get to see more of this character as this film is a very successful throwback to when movies where more about character, story and heart and not just about scale.
Wheelman is all about speed and timing in the best ways - simple, exciting and for the love of Bronson, can we give Frank Grillo the credit he deserves?Wheelman is a movie slightly at war with itself. It's an anti-action picture that still attempts to commit to the genre trappings it's visually toying with.
Jeremy Rush's debut as a writer-director creates a B-grade production with A-grade results! (by TheTopDawgCritic)
I've never heard of Jeremy Rush and noticed this is his first full length major film as either a writer and/or director. He accomplished both with great success. He created a B-grade production with A- grade results.Don't go into this expecting or comparing it to another "Transporter" as it doesn't have the huge Hollywood budget, A-list cast or professional production team and backing. Nor is it meant to be a full out action thriller. Instead, it's a neo-noir mix of fast paced action and psychological thriller.The writing had a few flaws but made up for it with <more>
excellent directing and outstanding cinematography i.e. camera angles/shots Frank Grillo nailed his character and I think this was one of his most convincing roles.I highly recommend this film, especially as a Sunday night pajama and popcorn flick.A well deserved 9/10 from me.
adrenaline-fueled action thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat (by boss_270)
The story line is not all that original but it's well-made and engaging. There's nothing wrong with rehashed, recycled story lines as long as they are put together with good acting, a good script and good camera work. If you're a fan of Frank Grillo then definitely check this out. Some reviewers complained of the excessive profanity but given the situation he was in, I think anybody would be cursing heavily.Most of the film takes place in the vehicle with the camera on Grillo. Some viewers might be out off by that. I thought the camera work did a great job of capturing the grimy, <more>
urban underbelly of Philly. This movie is right up my alley because I like crime thrillers with seedy, urban atmospheres.
Torturous to watch in a good way. (by Endorfun86-928-706119)
Exactly what an action car movie should be, action at every turn with the dialogue screaming over engine and tires noise.
Think if Michael Mann went back to making small scale, but thrilling movies. (by johnplocar)
I do thoroughly enjoy a large amount of what Netflix has been dishing out over the last few years, whether that be in their television series' or their films, I find that there is a lot of quality entertainment that they've released. "Wheelman" is another fine example of their good work. Nothing big by any means, it keeps things simple, but that's how it accomplishes so much. By restricting the narrative to center around simply a wheelman for a robbery is stuck in this messy heist gone wrong and he has to figure his way out alive in one night. The story gives more than <more>
enough material for Frank Grillo the wheelman to work with and provide enough cool chase sequences to entertain significantly.Frank Grillo, as mentioned before, is the lead and he does a terrific job carrying this movie. His character isn't anything new that I haven't seen before in other countless films; a man who in an attempt to help out his family owes an underground criminal syndicate a large sum of money and the only way to pay them back is by committing enough crimes until the debt is paid. Plus he's also become estranged from his daughter and separated/divorced from his wife. But Grillo has screen presence and more than plenty of charisma that I'm still able to let myself become invested in his character. In terms of 'getaway/car chase' movies, this comes to me as a breath of fresh air. Particularly since the last couple of examples I had seen in this genre were "Overdrive" and "Kidnap", which were both utter garbage. "Wheelman" outshines the both of them easily in narrative, characters, action, editing, acting, and basically everything else that comes to filmmaking. The makers behind "Wheelman" clearly know how to make the scene look good with stylish camera work and not just shaking it around while the editor has a field day with cutting every second, leaving the viewer disoriented in the most obnoxious way. The screenwriter knows how to build tension in a cohesive way that goes along with the plot, as well as the movie's characters, instead of forcing silly and idiotic moments that pulls the audience out rather than reel them in as it should. If you're looking for a decently suspenseful car chase/getaway movie with a cool style and intelligently put together action beats then I believe that this should appease. Sure there are numerous of movies that are reminiscent of this film, but when it's done well like it is here, then it can still be a fun ride. So check it out if what I've said entices you at all.
With the title called Wheelman if you expect anything more than a movie about a man behind the wheel you clearly watching the wrong movie.Almost shot entirely in a car Wheelman starring Frank Grillo as a getaway driver being set up for a future gang war.The movie is not overblow with sick car chase scene like Baby Driver recently or as deep as Drive in term of plot but i enjoy it very much.With the short runtime about 77 minutes don't skip this movie because the genetic poster give it a chance
Mostly just Frank Grillo, acting his ass off! (by Hellmant)
'WHEELMAN': Four Stars Out of Five An action flick about a getaway driver that's in a race to survive after he's double-crossed during a bank robbery. It stars Frank Grillo in the title role, and it costars Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael, Wendy Moniz, Shea Whigham and Slaine. Jeremy Rush made his feature filmmaker debut writing and directing the movie. It's received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it was released on Netflix through their streaming site. I really enjoyed it. Grillo plays a getaway driver that goes only by wheelman. During a bank robbery he <more>
gets a call from a mysterious unknown caller. The caller then threatens him and tells him to leave the two robbers behind. So once the stolen money is in his trunk, the wheelman takes off as he was told to do. Realizing he's in a lot of trouble, and his family is in danger, the wheelman struggles to figure out who double-crossed him, as he desperately tries to make sure no harm is done to him or his loved ones. The movie is extremely intense and surprisingly oddly claustrophobic; as most of the film takes place inside of a car. It's really suspenseful as well, and it comes to a pretty satisfying conclusion I think . The car chases and action scenes are all good, and pretty violent, but the film is surprisingly not that full of them. It's mostly just Frank Grillo, acting his ass off. The guy is an incredibly talented, and very charismatic, leading man action hero. In my opinion he makes the whole movie work. This rookie filmmaker, Jeremy Rush, also does a pretty impressive job too though. Netflix can do no wrong right now, almost, for me.Watch an episode of our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://youtu.be/eoAny_TuUM4