Ethan Hawke as Brent Magna
Selena Gomez as The Kid
Paul Freeman as The Man
Bruce Payne as Distinguished Man
Rebecca Buding as Leanne Magna
Jon Voight as The Voice
In theaters August 30
Former pro-race car driver and retired underworld wheel-man Brent Magna (Hawke) comes home one day to find his world turned upside down. His apartment has been ransacked and his wife is missing. His cell phone rings. A mysterious voice on the other end of the phone (Voight) tells him to follow instructions or else his wife will be killed. Reluctantly Brent complies, stealing a car and wreaking havoc throughout the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. At the mercy of the mysterious voice whose objective at first remains unclear, Brent commits a series of violations on a strict time table all in the name of eventually saving his wife’s life. There is a slight complication when the actual owner of the car, a teenage girl (Gomez) tries to take her car back at gunpoint. Brent is ordered to kill her, but refuses. This pleases The Voice who then tells Brent he made the right decision because he will need her to complete his tasks, but if she gets out of the car it’s all over for Leanne, Brent’s wife (Buding). The Kid, who is a capable hacker, is none to happy about being along for the ride, but is smart enough to eventually figure out what The Voice is planning, and how to gain an advantage to possibly beat him at his own game.
Getaway starts with little preamble. Two minutes in and the adrenaline starts pumping. It’s like every driving game you’ve ever played all at once, that is If you like car chases. That’s pretty much what keeps you engaged. Plus, the car pile ups and a few explosions for good measure. For my money, everyone in the film is upstaged by the real star of this movie: the Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake, with 600 horsepower and a 5.4 liter V8 engine. You had me as soon as Brent turned the key and unleashed the roar. The car was outfitted with several cameras so that The Voice could constantly monitor the car and driver’s every move. It also provided a handy gimmick for the director to capture the action. A fair portion of the footage is seen through CCTV cameras. Aside from the car, Ethan Hawke proves capable enough, but doesn’t really distinguish himself, not that it really matters. Anyone could have played Brent. Former Wizard of Waverly Place Selena Gomez is an eye-opener as a tough, foul-mouthed, gun-wielding waif who sports a hoodie and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. It was nice to see her do something that was so NOT Disney. Jon Voight is the ultimate manipulator, calling all the shots; sitting calmly at his computer screens sipping martinis while watching his puppets dance. All My Children fans will recognize Rebecca Buding (Greenlee) as the kidnapped wife.
Getaway is really just a series of car chases strung together by a passable premise, but I did find it very entertaining. Let’s be honest—it was the CAR I loved, but still you might find this film very enjoyable.
4 out of 5 Stars
Check out the trailer for “GETAWAY” below: