BMW's. Nighttime. Frank Grillo. Teaching your daughter how to race your classic Porsche. Driving manual. Middle guy between fate and mafias. family and work. halfway between Bullit, Locke, Drive and The Driver. Shot like an arthouse film. I would not have showed the wife. And cut to black sooner.
A gem of a movie that keeps things small and avoids grand gestures or story beats. We get a guy in a car who gets into trouble and that is sort of it. Keeping the story confined to the car is both a strength and a weakness depending on what you´re looking for I guess. Personally I liked it. The action scenes are effective and feels realistic and visceral. And Grillo is perfect as the conflicted hero. Recommended!
I'm tired of such kind of movie about a miserable guy who was ruined by problems relating to family or something but tried to pull himself up through crime scenes, even though its style was fresh (Well, actually not. You can see "Locke" or Paul Walker's "Vehicle 19") Although I love Frank Grillo, I can't help but wish this protagonist would be Anna Gunn or some powerful & outlaw woman, not stubblily cliched guy.
Short film and web series director Jeremy Rush appears to have arrived out of nowhere with Netflix's "Wheelman," a completely arresting thriller that splits the difference between the nocturnal ambience of Michael Mann's "Collateral" and the exhilarating behind-the-wheel action of "Drive." Frank Grillo, long an unsung hero of genre cinema, finally gets to display his acting chops. This film in a word: intense.
I liked WHEELMAN because it has a little bit DRIVE and THE DRIVER vibes in it. Although, it didn't reach that same feeling from those two movies. WHEELMAN has a very simple storyline. Very, very simple. In spite of its simplicity, WHEELMAN still able to be an effective crime-thriller. It's always suspenseful from beginning to end. Director Jeremy Rush did a pretty good job in here. It also has a nice cinematography..
I liked the mood in the first 30 or 40 mins. But then the story really turned stereotyped and got worse with every turn. How the night ended was somehow disappointing.
Frank Grillo had some good short moments but ultimately he's just repetitive, saying the same lines over and over. The script was not that helpful.