Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig
Directed by: Courtney Solomon
Run Time: 90 mins
Genre: Action/ Crime
Opens August 30th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Another film marking that the end of summer has arrived is the action film “Getaway” starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. Will audiences be revved up for one more chase/ action film or will this film crash and burn at the box office? Read on to find out.
Former professional race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) expected to spend a quiet Christmas with his wife Leanne (Rebecca Budig). Instead, he’s pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an unknown man with a sinister agenda. Outfitted with an impressive Shelby Mustang Cobra edition, rigged with cameras, GPS and apparent wi-fi, the puppeteering by “The Voice” (Jon Voight) ups the ante, when Magna almost gets carjacked by the owner of the car, a gun slinging teenager (Selena Gomez). Together the Kid and Magna must perform the tasks designated by "The Voice" or else Brett’s wife will die. Will they be able to make it out alive or will they fail somewhere along the way?
Unlike the previous testosterone pumped cars from “Fast and Furious”, the chase scenes don’t let up for more than a few minutes throughout the entire film. Having that much car chase scene may sound like a promising idea on paper but when put in action, it gets tired real quick. The premise sounded cool but took a wrong turn with the casting choices. Ethan Hawke is a solid choice for the lead, but Selena Gomez, really? Gomez has a long way to go to be able to shed her Disney image and grow up some more. She may have an older sounding voice, but the cherubic/ baby faced appearance hinders this role. You be the judge when “Getaway” opens in theaters starting Friday August 30,2013.