Getaway starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez opens in theaters today, August 30th 2013. This new film revolves around Brent Magna (Hawke), a former race car driver whose mission is to save his wife by driving a car and following orders from a mysterious man watching him. His ally is a young hacker girl (Gomez) who is his only chance to survive and save his wife. This action film is distributed by Warner Bros. Picture and has been getting quite a lot of buzz since it was announced. But did it live up to everybody’s expectation? Check out the movie review below:
“Getaway May Have Missed a Mark
Those seeking an object lesson in the relative value of art and commerce in Hollywood need look no further than Ethan Hawke, who kicked off the summer movie season with Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight” and now brings it to a close with “Getaway,” another tale of an American expat winding his way through an exotic foreign locale. Only here, instead of thoughtful discourse about love and sex and aging against the stunning vistas of Greece, we get the grinding gears of a souped-up Shelby Mustang racing through grimy Bulgaria with It Girl Selena Gomez in tow. Arriving in theaters on the sputtering exhaust of producer Joel Silver’s longtime Warner Bros. deal, this booby prize of a parting gift may nevertheless score some quick cash from undiscriminating Labor Day moviegoers hoping against hope for some “Fast & Furious”-level thrills.
Easily one of the dopiest major studio releases since Elie Samaha got out of the business, “Getaway” marks the not-very-anticipated return to the director’s chair of low-budget horror producer Courtney Solomon, whose prior helming credits include the risible 2000 adaptation of “Dungeons & Dragons” and 2005’s wan historical ghost story “An American Hunting” (where the scariest special effect was the squandering of stars Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland). Here, Solomon tries for his best Kathryn Bigelow or George Romero, thrusting us straight into the action, in medias res, with Hawke and the aforementioned Shelby careening wildly through a crowded Sofia park and adjacent pedestrian mall crowded with Christmas shoppers.
In a script (credited to tyro scribes Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker) otherwise mercifully devoid of backstory, a few staccato flashes fill in the essentials: Earlier the same day, Hawke’s wife (Rebecca Budig) was kidnapped from their apartment by villains of unknown motive, and ever since, a mystery voice (Jon Voight) on the other end of Hawke’s cell phone has been issuing directives. Do what he says, says the voice, or his wife gets it. Oh, and Hawke’s character is supposed to be a washed-up ex-NASCAR driver named Brent Magra, a name that pretty much guarantees he isn’t a bank teller or a CPA.
During a brief respite after the opening melee, a feisty teen (Gomez) appears brandishing a handgun and claiming to be the Shelby’s rightful owner. But despite the brusque meet-cute, Gomez’s unnamed character (billed only as “The Girl”) isn’t quite the girl-gone-wild she played to great effect earlier this year in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.”
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