It comes equipped with built-in heat vision and a morphing system that allows it to look like a Ferrari one minute, a Griswoldian station wagon the next, and everything in between! And just wait until you see what's under the hood: a hissing, snake-like mass of tentacles! You won't find another vehicle like it on the road! The downside: It probably will kill you.

That's the auto at the focus of "Super Hybrid," a Canadian-lensed thriller with sci-fi elements and star power no greater than Oded Fehr, aka Ardeth Bay from the first two "Mummy" movies.

He plays Ray, manager of the police impound garage to where Super Hybrid has just been towed, following its involvement in a fatal traffic accident. We know Ray is not the ideal boss because he pronounces "three" as "tree." He also thinks Super Hybrid is a Transformer, saying, "What, like one a' them robots that come from outer space?"

In the multilevel garage, he and his employees — including the homely but brave Tilda (Shannon Beckner, "American Pie Presents Beta House") — try to lure the killer car to its death via an open bay. As directed by Eric Valette ("One Missed Call"), the film is a polished, sleek-looking effort, but gets little mileage out of its premise.

After all, how long can you watch four wheels chase a person before it starts to get boring? There's a reason John Carpenter's "Christine" took place in more than one location, which the script by Neal Marshall Stevens ("Thirteen Ghosts") fails to grasp. Judging by the actors and filmmakers interviewed on the disc's lone extra, a half-hour doc on its shooting, they believe they made a movie driven by a fresh story, complex emotions and characters free of cliché.

Not fast. Not furious. Just frustrating. —Rod Lott


  • or