Official Synopsis: A getaway driver is double-crossed during a bank robbery gone wrong. With his family on the line, he races to find out exactly who betrayed him before time runs out.
When I first read about this movie, I instantly thought, a different version of Baby Driver. And while, the basis of the movie, is the same, it has a totally different tone and feel.
The movie is set, almost entirely from the inside of the car. This decision, to have the movie set from the vantage point of the drivers seat was a pretty smart one, from a story view and a technical view. it is the direction by, Jeremy Rush, that it is well executed.
The driver, (Frank Grillo) known only as Wheelman, has a dilemma on his hands after a bank robbery gone wrong and has to find a way out of a difficult situation, where he is being hunted by a man known only as Jazz man, and the West End, who he is indebted. He is a desperate man, on the run, and the decisions he makes highlights this.
It isn’t all action-packed and fast paced, with the slower, tense tunnel standoff scene highlighting this.
The strongest area of the film, is Grillos portrayal of the Wheelman, with Shea Wingham and Garret Dillahunt, as great supporting characters.
Overall, Wheelman is a tense, action movie, that is better than expected. Check it out if you haven’t and let me know what you think in the comments.