"Getaway," one of this summer's car chase thrillers, was a crash and burn for most.
Every now and then you will go into a movie with a preconceived opinion on how you think it will be. Often, especially if you are a die-hard fan of a certain person or movie series, you will be excited to see said movie.
Selena Gomez – popular among Disney Channel fans – stars in "Getaway" alongside Ethan Hawke. Promise was seen from Hawke after his performance in "The Purge," and he appears to be savvy in his movie role selections.
Although both actions possess decent credentials in film, the movie failed to reach its full potential.
"Getaway" was one of the summer's most anticipated movies. It had the perfect recipe: kidnapping, explosions, a hot guy, cool technology and an awesome car. It sounds so good, yet it was so very wrong. So what happened?
The movie is based around former NASCAR driver Brent Magra, whose wife is kidnapped. He must maneuver Gomez's stolen car around Bulgaria and follow instructions from the kidnapper on a phone. Throughout the movie, the voice directs Magra to perform various dangerous stunts, which continually place random stranger's lives in jeopardy. Magra's hope is to reach his wife, rescue her and restore order to his otherwise upside down life.It's a simple yet predictable concept.
Both Gomez and Hawke seemed to be on completely different levels with no chemistry between the duo. After being stuck in a car for hours with a stranger and facing death head-on multiple times, one would assume that some type of bond might be formed. Based on the acting, the two seemed just as distant at the end as they did at the beginning of the movie.
Camera quality remained a constant negative for "Getaway." Some angles and scenes of the movie seemed mediocre and childish. In some scenes, the camera quality was that of a camera phone. It seems the director wanted to help the audience feel more included in the scenes, but it mostly just gave viewers a slight headache. The angles shifted dramatically back-and-forth between normal camera quality and grainy camera-phone quality, and the end result was not pretty.
The film almost seemed like a video game in some ways, with its rapid camera angle shifts, explosions and car crashes. Usually, these three things would combine to produce a box office hit, but with "Getaway," it formed a complete disaster.
The interesting concept of "Getaway" will manage to draw viewers into the film, but the flick would not fit into the category of "great action film" by any stretch of the imagination. This movie had potential but fell short.
In short: "Getaway" while you can; avoid it and see something else worth spending money on.