If the box office numbers for the release of Fast & Furious 6 prove anything, it’s that the only thing more fun than driving fast is watching other people drive fast – all of the thrill with none of the speeding tickets. Like any movie franchise that’s still successful by its sixth installment, the Fast & Furious series has inspired quite a few other films within the genre, including forthcoming Paul Walker movie, Vehicle 19.
The summer has only just begun, however, and Vehicle 19 isn’t the only street-racing movie approaching release. After Dark Films is offering up kidnapping action thriller Getaway, and a new trailer and poster for the film have just been released.
The trailer gives a rough outline of the basic plot, which seems to be a mix of elements from Taken and Drive. Ethan Hawke plays a former race car driver called Brent Magna, whose beautiful wife is kidnapped by a villain with a slightly dodgy accent (Jon Voight). The kidnapper says that he will only let Brent’s wife go if he agrees to steal a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang and drive it very fast from one location to another (the specifics of what he’s expected to do are currently a little vague). The plan becomes complicated when the car’s owner, a young computer hacker played by Selena Gomez, tries to take her car back and Brent is forced to drive off with her.
The script for Getaway was written by newcomers Sean Finnegan and Greg Maxwell Parker, and directors Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy don’t yet have any credits to their name that would make Getaway something to look forward to. It’s probably for the best that this new poster for the film doesn’t have the words, “From the director of Dungeons and Dragons!” on it.
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Based on the trailer, Getaway seems a little too generic to be something to get excited for, unless you’re a big fan of all movies with fast cars. Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez make for a slightly odd combination, though Gomez did win a few more fans outside of the Disney demographic when she starred in Harmony Korine’s college girl crime rampage movie, Spring Breakers.
The “kidnapped wife” motivation is getting a little old and it will be tricky for the writers to convince us to care about Brent’s beautiful wife (she must be seriously beautiful, since they bring it up twice in the trailer alone), especially as it doesn’t look like she’ll actually be getting a lot of screen time.
Does this trailer make you want to race to the theaters for Getaway, or are you going to give it a miss?
Getaway is out in theaters on August 30, 2013.