Like so many movie heroes before him, former car-racing champion Brent Magna is about to have very bad night. Returning home to find his wife kidnapped, Brent receives a phone call from a growling, vaguely European voice – who proceeds to command him to steal a Shelby Cobra Mustang and embark on a high-speed crime spree. If he doesn’t comply, Brent’s wife won’t live to see the sunrise.
In the course of Magna’s ever-more-dangerous Getaway, he is compelled to team up with a nameless girl with a mysterious past. Working together, will they be able to escape the omnipresent gaze of their controllers? Or are they playing into an even greater, more deadly game than they could have imagined?
Directed by Courtney Solomon (Dungeons and Dragons), Getaway stars Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), and Rebecca Budig (Castle). The sinister voice guiding our erstwhile heroes is supplied by veteran actor Jon Voight (24).
The newest preview for Getaway – released under a week from its premiere date – confirms that it is most likely a film cobbled together from a dozen other works. Elements of Taken, Fast and Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the nearly forgotten Nick of Time abound throughout the material presented in the trailer. It doesn’t help that this preview – unlike Getaway’s more tense, atmospheric first trailer – falls into the common trap of seemingly revealing every plot beat in the film before its release.
Then again, Getaway at least looks well-shot and packed to the seams with action – which is sometimes more than enough to distract from its narrative familiarity. Additionally, Hawke can be a reliable dramatic presence in even fairly dire material, and Gomez has been making decent strides as an actress. We have until next week to find out whether Getaway is more than the sum of its parts.
Getaway will roar into theaters on August 30th, 2013.