Friday, August 30, 2013


Ethan Hawke plays an ex-race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped.  He doesn't know who did it or why, but he knows he has to do exactly what they want or they will kill her.  This, of course, involves his superb driving skills.  And along the way he picks up Selena Gomez and, fortunately for him, she's a brainiac who knows an awful lot about an awful lot of things.  Really?  Does that sound plausible to anyone?

'Getaway' is essentially a 90 minute car chase.  Expect lots of car stunts, collisions, explosions, and I think I may have even seen the requisite fruit cart crash.  It's supposed to be a fun, wild ride, though based on its current 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I think most will just find it tedious and derivative.  It's 'Drive' meets 'Nick of Time' meets 'Die Hard 3', but not as good as any of them.  Frankly, Ethan Hawke is too good for this.  And if Selena Gomez is the smart one in your buddy car chase film, you've got yourself a problem.

Grade: C+

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