Wheelman (2017, Netflix) – Movie Review

Wheelman - Netflix - Frank Grillo

Netflix’s fast-paced driving thriller Wheelman is an entertaining thriller filled with right amount of melodrama and all action on the road. Directed by Jeremy Rush, this film is tense, gritty, and an adventurous ride on the wheel.


A getaway driver takes a job to accompany two robbers to a heist and drive them away to a safe spot once their job is done. When that goes wrong, the wheelman (as one of the robbers named the driver) must put all his skills to test, to learn who is calling the shots and who is trying to double/triple-cross him.

Frank Grillo plays the Wheelman, and I always wonder why this guy is still not doing many such interesting projects, even though he has few very good roles in his resume. Well, this is Grillo’s show from start to finish – there is virtually no supporting cast other than a girl driver for a brief time.

There is money, mob, firearm and loads of cuss words but there is enough suspense and thrilling moments to keep you on the edge of your seat. The plotline looks thin, but director Jeremy Rush very intelligently designed an exciting premise and an equipped lead character to drive this movie forward.

Wheelman resembles the Tom Hardy starrer Locke (2013) but it has its unique execution and moments. The performance of Grillo is also top-notch considering the fact that he rarely appears in lead roles. The situation has also very nicely used cell phone to elevate the tension.

Even though all the actions in the Wheelman is happening inside the running car, some very well-choreographed chasing scenes, tense and confusing situations for the man on the driving seat to grab the right decision, and the sense of fear and concern to save the family members – together makes this movie a must watch.  

I must say, Wheelman is one of the finest thriller on Netflix, because the streaming service provider has recently added few very bad movies in its library. No doubt, this movie is all because of Frank Grillo and director Jeremy Rush.

Watch the movie trailer – Wheelman

Starring: Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt

Genres: Action Thrillers, Crime Thriller

Director: Jeremy Rush



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