The linear storyline is fine—down in the dumps race car driver’s wife is kidnapped so he’ll pull a job—sure, it’s been done, but with a little creativity, clever dialogue and a cool villain it’s still fair game. Too bad we get none of those. I had no problem with Ethan Hawke, but Jesus Christ people, stop casting Selena Gomez in thriller/action movies! She’s not a horrible actress, but she needs to find the proper niche/role, otherwise she stands out like a sore thumb. Now I’d like to say she’s the worst aspect of this film, but she’s not. Far from it. John Voight gives us one of the most ridiculously annoying villains of all time (and there’s a number of really bad ones out there). His dialogue (made insanely worse by his atrocious accent) is downright criminal, complete with far too many close ups of his mouth as he sips, drinks, yells and taps buttons on his laptop…which is all he does the entire movie. Sigh.
GETAWAY could have possibly walked the line between entertaining and watchable (which even then, isn’t anything to be proud of, let alone merit a film), but it fails on just about every level. There’s no real chemistry between our two protagonists, the car chases feel like GTA minus all the good stuff, the villain is beyond weak, the plot is full of holes big enough to drive through, and the ending (though clearly someone thought it as clever) will only make you angry. I know Hollywood is fast becoming a cesspool of mediocrity and cash grabs, but it would be nice to be treated to the illusion that a room full of monkeys aren’t writing these scripts between their daily shit fights.
Previews: There are a couple trailers that play before the film as well as a Digital Ultraviolet Copy of the film.