Thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise the car action/thriller genre has become one that churns out tons of new films. Sadly more often than not these fail to hit the mark. Every so often they manage to deliver an exciting action film, but most of that comes down to the car racing itself. The latest taking on the genre, Getaway tries a somewhat different approach and brings along Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight for the ride, but does it bring any horse power to the genre?
Getaway follows a former race car driver who is pitted against the clock as he commandeers a custom Shelby Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner on a high-speed adventure at the command of a mysterious villain on a race against time to save the life of his kidnapped wife. This is one of those movies that had everything it needed to by a mindless fun edge of your seat action film, but somehow still managed to miss the mark. The film is basically just a non-stop car chase and with the exception of a couple of moments still managed to be all over the place and rather dull. The story itself makes little sense and falls in the realm of silly at times, but could have been ignored if the driving action, which is the focal point of the film, had been as effective as they had hoped. Ethan Hawke does a fine job with what little he has to work with, but Selena Gomez is all but pointless in this movie. She serves little purpose other than a couple of moments that could have easily been altered. The filmmakers use a mix of standard filmmaking mixed with found footage style in hopes to create something unique and while the idea was interesting it just manages to consistently take you out of the intensity of it all. There is one action moment near the need that uses the camera to place you in the driver seat which is pretty intense and works really well, but sadly by the time you get here you have probably already exited the vehicle.
This should have been a great popcorn action film, but they tried to make it smarter than it needed to be instead of just letting the action lead the charge. You wait for the big reveal to come at the end that will finally make everything make sense and could have saved some aspects of the finished film, but ends up being a bit vague and really explains nothing. This is one of those films that has its moments, but overall you should just take the advice of the title and Getaway.