By M. Scott Morris
Dad was in town, so I took him to see “Getaway,” a new thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez.
“It was three hours of car chases,” he said.
“That’s something for an hour-and-a-half movie,” I said.
If you love car chases, “Getaway” might be for you, but you also have to enjoy watching movies with plots that don’t make sense. It was a long hour and a half for Dad and me.
Hawke is Brent Magra, a former race car driver who washed out, then used his skills in unspecified, illegal ways.
The film opens as he arrives at home to find it trashed and his wife (Rebecca Long) gone. He gets a call. He must do exactly what the man says if he wants to see his wife alive.
We’re off, and we get to watch as Brent drives through pedestrian areas while yelling at people to get out of the way. Police cars chase him and police cars crash.
He’s allowed a few moments of stillness, and one is interrupted when The Kid (Gomez) puts a gun in his face because he stole her car.
The man on the phone tells Brent to bring her along. It seems her technical know-how and family relationships will be useful, just as the man on the phone planned it.
If it wasn’t my job to sit through movies, I might’ve left within the first 30 minutes and considered the ticket price wasted. Instead, I stayed and consider the ticket price and the full hour and a half wasted.
I could give you a point by point critique, but why should I give too much energy to “Getaway” when the filmmakers didn’t give much of theirs.
I’ll sum up by saying the movie piles one stupidity on top of another. Those stupidities collapse, so the cast and crew set about stacking more stupidities.
I give “Getaway” an F for “forgive,” which I hope Dad will do after I took him to this stinker.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas.
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He gives a D.
‘Go see ‘The Wolverine’ ot something else. Stay away from this one.’