Netflix slams down the clutch with a brand new original film in Wheelman. Starring Hollywood’s go-to tough guy Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: Civil War) as a nameless wheelman who takes on a job acting as a getaway driver to pay off a mob debt. But when the job goes bad he’s in for one very long night and has to use both his wits and his skills behind the wheel to get out alive.
If you love the need for speed then Wheelman will definitely get your adrenaline pumping. Director Jeremy Rush does something innovative with Wheelman and sets all of the action inside the car itself. The camera never moves outside of the vehicle and this makes for an interesting, almost claustrophobic feel as the wheelman drives around the streets of New York. This unique filming style also means that when Grillo does hit the gas, you feel the rush of speed and acceleration as he zooms forward. It’s exhilarating to watch, and you feel the speed and force that he’s moving at.
Part of what makes Wheelman so authentic was that all of the film’s extensive stunt work was done in camera, and with Grillo behind the wheel. This is old-school driving at its best, and the film’s real-time setting means that it’s immediate and in your face. Grillo, who is himself a keen car enthusiastic, gets the chance to get behind the wheel of a fourth-generation BMW M3 along with a particularly cool 1973 Porsche 911 RS. As a life-long Porsche fan, I was particularly amped by the film’s climactic car chase where Grillo pushes the 911 RS to the limit and it’s particularly gnarly to watch.
If you’re looking for something to get your adrenaline up then Wheelman makes for a fun ride.