Rated: PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 28, 2013 Released by: Warner Brothers
This should not be called Getaway, it should be called "Get-Her-A-Way." Brent Magna's (Ethan Hawke) wife is kidnapped by a secret villain called the Voice who is only visible to the audience in the last scene. The caper is based on the idea that Hawke must follow all directions from the Voice if he wants to free his wife (Rebecca Budig), and Hawke does it all.
We could describe the film as action, action, action, action, action, action and little or no script. We see Hawke steering, turning and shifting repeatedly in the Shelby Super Snake Mustang tearing apart the streets in Sofia, Bulgaria. The car is the connection which brings The Kid (Selena Gomez) into the story. She is the actual owner of the Mustang, unaware of the big picture at play she uses a gun and attempts to get the car back from Hawk. After a-lot of trash talk from Gomez, the two join together to foil the bad guys.
The police in Sofia are made fools of by the former race driver, (Hawke). Gomez estimates some 130 vehicles were wrecked for the film, most of them were police cars. With his driving ability and the hot car he could cripple any police force in any city in the world. In a film that has no script and all action, the best action scenes come when the camera is placed on the front bumper of the car.
Detail and logic with background mixed with the excessive scenes in the Mustang might have given us motivated action that was believable like Bullet for example or at least plausible. We are suppose to accept that all the connections hit just right and that The Kid and Hawke fall together just on cue.
Gomez is difficult to accept as a technical genius who can overcome and reset the technical predicament Hawke is in. She is the daughter of the bank president which gets her money for the hot car, but otherwise she doesn't fit. The use of some bright young egg head with wise cracks would have worked must better than her sarcastic potty mouth. Hawke on the other hand has the opportunity to show contrast from his recent Before Midnight .
Getaway gives us speed and mayhem and nothing else, but it does that pretty well.