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Movies: Getaway

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Not to be confused with the 1972 film with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw or, even, the lame 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, this movie is completely different. You know this because those two were both called THE Getaway. This version is simply, Getaway.

Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) and The Girl (Selena Gomez) are running for their lives.
Photo: © 2013 After Dark Films.

In it, former race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is visiting Sofia, Bulgaria, with his wife (Rebecca Budig) when she is kidnapped and he is told he will see her when he performs a task for her kidnapper (Jon Voight).

Directed to steal a very luxurious Cobra, he tools around Sofia at 100 MPH, knocking down everything in his path because he was ordered to “knock down everything you can.”

He is momentarily sidetracked by The Kid (Selena Gomez), owner of the car he stole. She insists on tagging along with Magna. He is deeply annoyed with her but, when she turns out of be a computer whiz and we learn, too, that her father is president of a very large investment bank.

As they careen through the streets, killing who knows how many innocent bystanders and numerous cops, destroying a lot of property, including scores of police cars, we realize this is not a character study. These people are just there as plot devices. Now, Gomez, is pretty good but one cannot help wondering how large the bag of cash was that convinced Hawke to do this movie.

Director Sian Finegan and screenwriter Gregg Maxwell Parker have delivered a car movie with no character, no wit or, even, interest for an audience. Even though Sofia, Bulgaria looks beautiful. But, in truth, this mess should have been called Stayaway.

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