‘Getaway’ to the theater for a wreck (in a good way) of a movie
Getaway explores how many ways an Eastern European car can be destroyed during several car chase sequences.
It’s Christmas in Sofia, Bulgaria when former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) Brent Magna’s wife is kidnapped, and he is forced to steal a car and ride roughshod over the city, or his wife dies. First he steals “the kid’s” (Selena Gomez) special edition Shelby Cobra Mustang.
About midway through the movie we learn a life lesson as important as “never bring a knife to a gun fight.” Never bring a motorcycle to a car chase.
In this movie, the story didn’t get in the way of the action. There is a lot of fast driving, fast shifting, fast stepping on pedals and wrecking through things in a fast manner. There is a great POV shot that would look really good in a D-Box theater.
Gomez turns in a decent performance providing equal parts tough, smart and squealy, which is a little different than the screeching of tires.
The biggest problem with the film is that it seems like bullets do not really hurt, or make people bleed. There is no nudity in the film; the violence is tame, involves a lot of cars and is mostly implied. Gomez does swear a lot, and with her baby face, it is kind of a shock.
There is just enough chemistry between Gomez and Hawke to keep the film rolling during the couple of short, quiet scenes, but not so much that it feels icky. If you like Shelby’s, fast cars and crashes, you should Getaway.
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