Music By Justin Burnett
Featuring the Song "Sing Now"
Performed By Allison Beal
Varese Sarabande VSD-7221
17 Tracks/Disc Time: 42:40
Late in the summer, the action thriller "Getaway" made it's debut as one of the last films that uber producer Joel Silver ("Die Hard", "Predator", "Lethal Weapon") produced under his Dark Castle Entertainment banner along with the ill fated but entertaining Sylvester Stallone action thriller, "Bullet To The Head" starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke ("Before Sunrise", "Training Day") and teen singing sensation, Selena Gomez that pretty much came and went rather quickly. Hawke stars as former race-car driver Brent Magna who is soon pitted against the clock when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain known as "The Voice" (Jon Voight, "Mission:Impossible", "Heat"). He commandeers a 1969 Shelby sports car belonging to a young computer hacker (Gomez) and takes her on on a high-speed race against time battling cops and other assorted trash to get to his wife before she ends up dead.
With an action film such as this one, you need a composer that is able to keep up the mayhem that's on screen. Director Courtney Solomon ("Dungons & Dragons") turned to his most trusted musical collaborator in Justin Burnett, who came up through the ranks of Oscar Winner Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures musical troupe (now Remote Control Productions) that showcased the talents of the Oscar nominated John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Henry Jackman, Klaus Badelt and many others. The music for this film is pretty much what you expect from an action thriller, suspense, atmosphere and just pure adrenaline to compliment the films' frenetic pace and style. The score is primarily electronic but you couldn't really tell the difference since it sounds like a real orchestra which is not a bad thing, but you kind of feel like you've been down this road with a film and a score such as this one.
Starting with the pumping atmosphere of "Cameras", the ball gets rolling on this action thriller that features stand out electric bits of hard charged music as the opening track is followed by "Stealing The Shelby" that clearly defines what this film and score is all about followed by the raw energy of "Head On Collision", "Mapping A Route", "Suicide Mission", "In Control", "Heavy Traffic", "Loop The Cameras", and "Grenade Pursuit", that have all the elements of terrific suspense and what would've been hard edged material had the score featured an actual orchestra which really would've benefited the film alot more. As is, there's really nothing wrong with the approach, but I wanted it to push the envelope a little more like Trevor Rabin's "Gone In 60 Seconds" did over a decade ago. While that was not a perfect score, Rabin had a great game plan in just doing his best to pull out all the great action tricks he'd learned in films like "Armageddon" and "Enemy of the State" to push that two steps above from being a rather empty score at times. It's interesting thinking about the comparison between the two films and scores in this light and it's not a far off comparison.
Varese Sarabande's album which was first released digitally is a modest and entertaining album for what it is and it is just to keep the adrenaline pumping. Burnett's music is exactly what you get and pay for and honestly, I bought most of it but not all of it. My main problem with the score is that it really doesn't have that great central theme that would make it standout and be a powerhouse score that it should be. As much as I like the moments of it, it really is a missed opportunity to have a stand out action score, as is "Getaway" is just an above average action score with a few bright moments that were glimpses of what a rocking score could've been. Thumbs down.