'Action Triple Feature'
(H.B. Halicki, Paul Walker, Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Scott Wolf, et al / 3-Disc DVD / R / (1982-2013) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: This triple feature is a triple threat of ACTION, COMEDY and FUN with a star-studded lineup of films guaranteed to get your heart racing!
DVD Verdict: In the first tale, 'Vehicle 19' (2013), in Johannesburg, an American parole breaker (Paul Walker) unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.
Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, the place may be different but the plot is threadbare. The whole film would have been better if the lead character Michael Woods (portrayed by the late Paul Walker) had been allowed to take off his shirt to show the better part of his talent which has been misused in this boring little drama!
In truth, the remainder of the cast (with the possible exception of Naima McLean and Gys de Villiers) is misused or unremarkable.
The writing is lazy throughout. The opening scene shows Walker's character in a car chase trying to avoid the police. The screen then pauses and we are shown the word on the screen "earlier". I don't mind beginning a movie with a scene that takes place later in the piece, but the scene needs to provide at least some intrigue or mystery.
This movie is called 'Vehicle 19', it wouldn't have taken a genius to work out there would be a car chase in it at some point. The set-up is incredibly lazy, to the point that no explanation is even attempted as to why Walker's character is given the wrong car in the first place.
The characters make incredibly unrealistic decisions throughout which makes it really hard to have any empathy for them. Naima McLean's acting was near unwatchable. Walker himself does what he can with a terrible script and terrible actors to work off.
The comes 'Go!' (1999), a classic in my book from start to finish! 'Go!' tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.
It's well known nowadays that casting was problematic due to the adult nature of the plot and the fact that teenage actors would have been too young to portray half the actions in the script. It was then decided to cast slightly older actors who could pass for teenagers.
Sarah Polley is worth the price of admission alone, for her excellent performance. She is supported by an equally excellent cast including Taye Diggs, Scott Wolf, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr, and Timothy Olyphant, among others.
Many viewed this movie as being an MTV version of Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' and, while this may to an extent me true, it is obviously much more than that; and an excellent stand-alone movie of it's own.
Split into three separate story lines which clash and collide along the way, finally merging as the movie comes to a close, this movie constantly keeps the viewer on edge; and provides an excellent example of the drug/club etc. scene of the '90s and '00s.
'Go!' was made at a time when Doug Liman could compliment his all-over-the-place approach to film-making with character and substance; much unlike his 2005, fetishistic firearm flick 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'; while his most recent work, 2008's 'Jumper', did not garner much of a positive critical consensus.
Lastly, we get 'The Junkman' (1982), where the Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis (H.B. Halicki) struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him.
Also known as 'Gone In 60 Seconds 2: Junkman,' everybody who loves cars and action will eat this movie whole! It's even something like an autobiography of H. B. Halicki ie: the whole life story of Harlen Hollis we see is pretty much the same as Halicki's very own!
When you think that Jackie Chan is a tough guy doing all stunts himself, than watch this movie and 'Gone In 60 Seconds' and see how crazy Mr. Halicki is you'll know there's way more men like JC out there (unrecognized, I might add).
You'll be amazed by some camera work on the low-flying planes and a never-before-seen idea of autos driving over the front hoods! As films like this go, it doesn't hang onto any new innovations, and many of the car crashes are nothing to get nutty about, but it's the second best in this new Mill Creek Collection (after 'Go!'), that's for damn sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.