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Car chases, explosions, shoot-outs, and a race against time are what the audience will have to endure in the action-crime film, Getaway. When ex-race car driver Brent Matna (Ethan Hawke) finds out his wife has been kidnapped, a voice on his cell phone (Jon Voight) tells him to steal a Shelby Super Snake Mustang or his wife will be killed. (If that were the only thing he had to do, I could have saved 90 minutes of my time.) After stealing the car, Brent is instructed to go on driving missions all over Sofia, Bulgaria or- his wife will be killed. If the cops stop him – his wife will be killed and if he doesn’t complete every task in a certain time limit – yes, his wife will be killed. (I was kind of hoping his wife would have been killed just to stop the nonsense.) To throw a monkey wrench in the story (we needed something) a teenager with no name (Selena Gomez) tries to carjack Brent but just becomes an unwilling passenger. Come to find out, her dad is the CEO of the biggest bank in Bulgaria, which ties in to Brent and his missions. Did I mention there are cameras on the car so they can be watched. There isn’t really anything else to say about the plot because it as thin as Gomez’s acting. Of course, what could she really do with lines like, “Go, go, go! Watch out! Stop! and Let me out of this car!” (I think I yelled, “Let me out of the theater!” at least once.) There was a twist at the end, but it was so ridiculous it actually made the movie even worse. The semi bright spot was Ethan Hawke -who made his character believable- and one really long chase scene according to my wife. (That one scene was five minutes out of ninety though.) Even if you enjoy loud mufflers and squealing tires, I would wait till it comes out on DVD. I am actually impressed that 100 percent of the car crashes were done with real cars and not computer graphics. (Not that it really matters to a blind guy.) I’m giving this pointless film a D rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

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