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Bettie's Box Office: Getaway Movie Review
Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 01:41 PM CDT
Getaway is the perfect title for this movie because after about 10 minutes, that’s all you’ll want to do.
Getaway stars (Austin-born) Ethan Hawke as Brent Magna, a former race-car driver who’s lost his edge. After his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain, Magna is forced to take a camera-rigged, souped-up Shelby Mustang on a series of dangerous driving missions in Bulgaria. He ends up reluctantly teamed with the car’s real owner, a teenager only known as “The Kid” (played by Selena Gomez). Is it weird that only two characters in the entire movie – the driver and his wife – have actual names?
Of course, "The Kid" – like all movie teenagers these days – is able to hack the car’s computers, re-route the signals and cameras, and basically just about run NORAD from the passenger seat. About 90% of the movie takes place in and around the Mustang, except when we’re seeing only the nose and mouth of “The Voice” (played by Jon
Getaway ends up being nothing more than a 90-minute car chase. When it’s over, you’ll have a hard time answering some questions. How did this movie ever get made? Who ever thought Selena Gomez would be a great choice for the role? Does Bulgaria have the most inept police force on the planet? How many times can they show the Shelby logo? What’s up with the ending?
A positive note: mixed in with all of the ridiculous, physics-defying chases and crashes (why must cars always flip and go airborne when they hit something?), there’s one great, long, continuous camera-shot near the end of the movie that gives you the perspective from the front grille of the chase car. That’s right: one camera-shot near the end was the highlight of the movie for me.
I’d recommend you wait for Getaway to come to free TV and even then, make sure there’s absolutely nothing else on at the same time that you’d rather be watching.
Getaway is rated PG-13 for “intense” action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language.