Getaway, a Fast paced, High energy, car racing drama, well not really. The new movie opening Friday Aug 30 from Warner Brothers and rated PG-13 running 90 minutes tells the story of a former race car driver Brent Magna(Ethan Hawke) and his race to find his kidnapped wife Leanne(Rebecca Buding). Brent is joined by The Kid(Selena Gomez) in his quest to save his wife from certain death if he doesn’t follow the rules of this mysterious man who asks him to complete many tasks, which included stealing a cool Shelby Mustang, to take him on this scavenger hunt.
Getaway is a pretty basic story with no real twists and turns, it takes us on these car chases but never really makes us feel like we’re in danger. Every car chase is basically the same and comes out of nowhere. One minute Brent Magna is rolling along and next thing he’s being chased by 4 or 5 police cars because remember he’s a wanted man for first stealing the car and then doing crazy deeds that put him in a wanted situation by the police. I can’t tell you how many police cars are flung, spun or flipped over in this movie, I lost count. I think Selena brings an interesting twist with her young bratty abrasive character that actually adds some meat to the movie but it’s lost with all the constant car chases that almost lead nowhere. I also enjoyed Ethan Hawke as he really takes a hold of the race car aspect but with nothing to fall back on his and Selena’s performances seem like they are lost in translation.
Getaway goes very fast but never gets going and is paper thin in its story line, basically how do I get my wife back from the bad guys. In the end I’ve seen this before and done better plus I really didn’t even know why his wife was even kidnapped. The lack of story really does hurt and not even the car chases could save this one, Getaway runs out of gas, wait for the DVD on this one.