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'Getaway' too focused on car chases

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie thinks "Getaway," rated PG-13 and starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, has too many car chases for its own good.

I went to see "Getaway," because I thought it would be interesting to see Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke sharing the screen together.

Unfortunately, too much of "Getaway" focuses on car chases and neither one of the two stars really gets to do very much since they are stuck in the car for most of the film.

Set in Europe during Christmastime, "Getaway" begins with the kidnapping of Hawke's character's wife (played by Rebecca Budig). Hawke portrays Brent Magna who has professional driving experience and is told to get into a car and do as he is told or he won't see his wife again.

The person who is giving the orders over the phone, whose face we don't get to see until the end of the film, has a plan that involves Brent and Gomez's character, whom we meet when she uses a gun to try to take her car back from Brent.

Brent refuses to shoot Gomez's character when ordered to do so and the two of them end up stuck in the vehicle being watched over several cameras.

We find out that the father of Gomez's character works at a bank and, eventually, she and Brent figure out what is going on and what they need to do to try to save Brent's wife.

Through no fault of Gomez or Hawke, I had trouble really caring much about the story because I felt my mind getting numb because of the car chases that seemed to happen again and again and again during the film.

"Getaway" is certainly not the worst film I have ever seen, but I really don't think I would want to watch it again.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at jgillisp@hmoa.org.