I’m not going to lie to you. Getaway (not to be confused with the 1972 Steve McQueen classic The Getaway) got possibly the worst reviews of the year. It’s loud and is powered by the sort of high-concept plot that requires you to do far more than suspend your disbelief. And yet I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is: a slick, energetic serving of skin-deep action entertainment.
The premise is thus: after his wife (Rebecca Budig) is kidnapped, a former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) must follow orders from the man responsible (Jon Voight) to get her back. This mainly requires him to steal a customized Ford Shelby GT500 and wreak havoc around Europe, while being reluctantly accompanied by the car’s actual owner (a bratty Selena Gomez).
Basically, it’s The Fast and the Furious meets Taken by way of Enemy of the State, which is represented by Voight outfitting the Shelby with cameras so he can watch Hawke’s every move. It certainly gets the fast part right, as Hawke tears through tight streets, careens through shopping centers, ice rinks and water trucks, and participates in some impressively hair-raising car chases.
So, yeah, definitely see it for the stunt work, and for the neat and relatively novel (Speed notwithstanding) high-tech touch provided by the cameras-in-the-car angle, and for the Shelby, almost a character unto itself, albeit a sleek and shiny one with mag wheels and a high-end engine whose super-charged roar was music to my action-fan ears.
Hawke’s work here is not nearly as embarrassing as his character’s name, though he really has little to do aside from looking intense while driving or rebelling against Voight’s wishes. Speaking of which, Voight hams it up nicely in what is largely a voice-only performance, one that speaks volumes of his want of a paycheck in lieu of a second Oscar. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 11/26/13