Before I review “Getaway” I want to say I am a fan of Ethan Hawke. I was very excited to see this movie and I have to say now it is the worst movie released in theaters since “Howard the Duck” was released in 1985. That being said, Hawke plays former pro race car driver Brent Magna who comes home one day to find his wife has been abducted. An anonymous older man (Jon Voight) calls, telling Brent that he’ll never see his wife again unless he goes to a nearby garage, steals a souped-up Ford Mustang and awaits further instruction.
Soon Brent’s being made to drive through traffic, deliberately causing wrecks all around him. Then he’s forced to speed straight through parks full of pedestrians, down steep stairways, into power plants that erupt into flames. Little cameras mounted in and all over the car document his compliance, recording every police cruiser that corkscrews through the air in his wake. “Smash into everything you can,” he’s told at one point.
Brent is carjacked by The Kid (Selena Gomez). It turns out this is her car, which was stolen and retrofitted with armor plating and all those cameras. Our mystery man tells Brent to kill the girl. He refuses, which turns out to be smart. Though she’s a pain in the neck, she’s a computer genius and soon uses her iPad to control the mystery man’s camera system.
The Kid is also smart enough to invent, out of thin air, the motivation for the string of random high-speed chase missions Brent is being assigned. Unfortunately, her logical insights only stretch so far: when their car is closely being tailed down a long, narrow ramp by machine-gun-toting motorcyclists doing 100 mph, she doesn’t point out that Brent could slam his brakes and put an end to all his problems.
Baby-faced Gomez is completely out of place as the tough-little-rich-kid, though she does earn the film’s biggest laugh, scornfully telling Brent “you clearly haven’t thought this through” at one of the many moments where viewers are thinking the same thing about screenwriters Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker. Gomez and Hawke have no chemistry, which you’d think might hobble a film in which they’re locked in a car together for about 70 minutes. .
Skip this film. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Blue Jasmine” or “The Butler” then see one of those films and if you are a die hard Ethan Hawke fan wait for this awful film to come to DVD!