Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Getaway

Release date: August 30, 2013
Running time: 94 minutes
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
Who to see it with: Someone who enjoys car crash stunts


Getaway opens in Sofia, Bulgaria with former racer Brent Magna (Hawke) coming home and discovering his wife's been kidnapped. His only lead on her whereabouts is a mysterious caller (Voight) who tells Magna that his wife will remain safe only if he and a reluctant passenger (Gomez) perform a series of dangerous tasks using an armored, high-performance car. These tasks initially don't seem to make much sense and seem like an elaborate game. When his plan is fully revealed, the idea seems overly complicated and ill-advised.

The caller's crazy plan serves its purpose of allowing half of Getaway to focus on car chases. A series of car chases revolving around an insane plot could make for a solid B-movie. Unfortunately, the chase scenes are broken by constant, rapid cuts away from the action. I appreciate that it all looks real--the director says no CG was used--and there are lots of loud car crashes, but the choppy feel hurts their flow. The two heroes are the standard bickering team that bonds during their ordeal, but their relationship lacks much of the humor and charm shown by the leads of recent films like The Heat and White House Down. Hawke's character doesn't show much emotion outside of anger and frustration, and Gomez is fine as his tough-talking teen partner. Getaway has the elements of a fun action movie and an admirable lack of CG, but is trapped by its silly plot and heavily edited chase sequences.

Don't see it.

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