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Friday, August 30, 2013

GETAWAY Review. The Film Is Pure Adrenaline Rush


We were unable to make our screening for GETAWAY. But RAMA comes through with another great review. Make sure to LIKE his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.

Those who know me well know that I’m a sucker for car chase movies. Not because I’m an expert on cars or driving, but it’s because I’m the complete opposite, and so the fantasy of driving recklessly, getting away clean, high speed in movies is about as addicting and irresistible as it gets and GETAWAY doesn’t disappoint me. If I were to describe this movie, I’d say it’s TAKEN meets PHONE BOOTH, because most of the time, you only hear the voice of the antagonist, giving strict instructions and must-obey commands, until he’s revealed at the end of the movie.

GETAWAY’s only low points are the writing and Selena Gomez.

GETAWAY” is the gritty, heart-pounding action thriller from Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment starring Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (“Training Day,” “The Purge,” “Sinister”), actress and international music sensation Selena Gomez (“Springbreakers,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”), and Academy Award® winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” the “National Treasure” films) under the direction of Courtney Solomon (“An American Haunting”), who also produced the film.
Former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.

Ya know, when it comes to car chase movies like GETAWAY, I always wonder if the editor would see his work as a challenge or a nightmare trying to piece the cuts together. Now, what’s unique about GETAWAY to me is that instead of giving you wider. longer frames, this movie gives you closer, much personal, rapid shots. I like both methods, and I don’t mind this new one at all. Some may dismiss it as some kind of GoPro camera approach, but that’s what exciting about it. Filmmakers these days want to try methods that would get you the audience to feel like you’re part of the movie, of course most of them sadly turn to 3D to justify it, but in the case of GETAWAY, with different angles of seeing the characters as they drive, or seeing the cars in front of you as you chase them, it kinda adds up to the chaos of it all, especially when there’s a countdown element involved, it just makes things more exciting.

I will always have love for such greats as The French Connection, Ronin, or even those Fast & Furious movies, but I think there’s room for the kind of chase sequences that GETAWAY has to offer.

As I mentioned earlier, this movie’s weak points are the writing and Selena Gomez. If I had to hear another minute of Gomez and Ethan Hawke bickering about pointless matters, I’d scream, “Just drive already!” I understand how Selena Gomez’s character is supposed to play into the story but there are instances that make you know that the writing is just lazy and it just does not know how to structure the dialogue properly, it badly wants you to see why Gomez’s character would choose on her own will to stick around but it just doesn’t sell it right. Kudos for Gomez for trying to break out of her Disney persona, with Spring Breakers and now, GETAWAY, but that voice of hers to me is like listening to constant sounds of scraping squeaking chalk on a blackboard. In other words, an extremely painful experience.

I’m not a car expert but I think those of you who are would definitely want to see what this specially customized Shelby Super Snake Mustang can do in GETAWAY. There’s no CG here, all the crashes are real, even Ethan Hawke did some of his own stunt driving. Set on the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria and pitted against the clock, and under the pressure of an antagonist commanding from an undisclosed location, things get intense and explosive, GETAWAY is pure adrenaline rush.

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