Car leads cast in unbelieveable ‘Getaway’

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceAugust 30, 2013 

Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke are a tech-savvy sidekick and a man whose wife has been kidnapped in “The Getaway.”

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  • if you go

    What: “Getaway”

    Rating: PG-13

    Where: UEC Theater 12, College 9

    Info: www.thegetawaymovie.com

And thus does a summer that started with a silly car chase picture end with a sillier one.

“Getaway” has some of the elements of a good gear grinder — a B-movie where a car takes a pivotal role in the cast.

It’s got Ethan Hawke, doing enough of his own driving to pass muster with the likes of Ryan Gosling (“Drive”), Dax Shepard (“Hit and Run”), or Paul Walker (“Fast & Furious”).

It’s got a cool car — a Shelby Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang.

It has an unusual city setting — Sofia, Bulgaria.

And then Selena Gomez shows up as the mouthy, tech-savvy sidekick dragged along for a long, Christmas season chase through the not-quite-generic (tramlines, train tracks) mean streets of Sofia.

That’s where the silly kicks in. Things turn pulse-pounding in the third act, but that’s too late to rescue this end-of-summer orphan.

The improbable set-up: Disgraced racing driver Brent Magna’s Bulgarian wife (Rebecca Budig) has been kidnapped. He gets a call and is told to steal a particular armored, camera-packed Mustang that he will drive on a series of “tasks.”

The villain, whose chin stubble and martini-slurping lips are all we see, is played by Jon Voight with a German accent.

“You’re runnink out off time — tic toc, tic toc,” he purrs, and we’re off.

Having a car covered with cameras raises the variety of shots and sometimes amps up the pulse-pounding nature of the chases. Until you notice that door mirrors that popped off the Mustang in the last chase magically return in the next scene.

A guy whose wife has been kidnapped and threatened with death should be a lot more worked up and manic than Hawke plays this fellow. And one would think that a young woman snatched for a ride-along would be freaking at this or that hair-raising chase, the streets filling with wrecked Bulgarian cop cars, the machine-gunning motorcyclists and what not.

Maybe they all took a gander at that random, ridiculous scenario and hoped that the car would be cool enough to bail them out. It isn’t.

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