The Wrong Car (Review)

The Wrong Car

aka Black Car
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Written and directed by John Stimpson
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Lifetime has a long history of films explaining in graphic detail how the internet will kill you, and The Wrong Car delivers with Uber being the latest target. Not that Uber doesn’t deserve a bit of criticism, ignoring their treating their drivers like garbage, Uber has had a multitude of safety issues in the US and other countries (such as India) involving rapes and sexual assault, and The Wrong Car rips from the headlines these stories. Instead of Uber, the app is called NetCar, and our heroine is assaulted before she joins the ranks of the NetCar drivers in order to track down her attacker. It’s also a Bring It On: All or Nothing mini-reunion with Danielle Savre and Francia Raisa (sorry no Hayden Panettiere or Solange Knowles, but who needs them?) as the main characters, and Savre’s intense performance as Trudy O’Donnell carries the movie.
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Trudy is too busy studying law to do anything except study, especially since she’s trying to avoid moping over her ex. You know, I can’t tell you how many of these movies involve characters in law school who are too busy studying to have a relationship, and then immediately hit a nightmare scenario scary enough to keep you from dating forever. Trudy’s roomie Gretchen Healy (Francia Raisa) declares they are going to go out and basically drags her along.

Trudy also drops a bunch of philosophical stuff about the penal system and justice showing she is an optimist while society is more about revenge, which will of course change when she gets rapecarred and threads the needle between bringing the perpetrators to justice or maybe going Death Wish on the villains.
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The Wrong Car crashes into Lifetime!

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Hey, you don’t know how many people have shared that bottle of water!

Lifetime brings up the topical scandals with The Wrong Car, which has to do with all those reported rapes in Uber cars because the company was too busy disrupting things to do background checks on their drivers to see if any of them were crazed rapists. The Wrong Car features a woman who is raped, but then gets revenge by becoming a driver herself to track down the driver who attacked her. I’m not sure how that works, but, okay, sure!

The morning after Trudy, a law school student, unsuspectingly steps into what she believes to be a “NetCar” black sedan, she wakes up confused and alone in a seedy motel—the victim of a roofie and sexual assault. Frustrated by the slow pace of the justice system, she takes matters into her own hands. Becoming NetCar driver herself, Trudy goes on a crusade to find and stop the serial rapist to whom she fell victim.

We got a Bring It On: All or Nothing mini-reunion with both Danielle Savre and Francia Raisa! The Wrong Car also stars Jackson Davis (Perfection) and Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station)

The Wrong Car is written and directed by John Stimpson (A Deadly Obsession, Sins of the Preacher), I haven’t seen any of his Lifetime films yet (I’m still catching up with lots of taped Lifetime movies from the past year!) so I can’t comment on if his involvement is good or not. But he seems to be doing something right to get invited back again and again.

The Wrong Car premieres Saturday, January 16th on Lifetime!

via Lifetime!