The film begins when ex-racer Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) arrives home to find that his home has been broken into and his wife Leanne (Rebecca Budig) has been taken. He then gets a phone call from The Voice (Jon Voight) telling him that he has to follow a specific set of rules or his wife will die. When Brent is told to go to a parking garage and steal a “special” car, his mission begins. But when an 18-year-old girl only known as The Kid (Selena Gomez), who is also gear head as well as a professional hacker hops in the car, holding Brent at gunpoint claiming the car is hers, she ends up becoming a part of the mission. In a race against time, the pair must work together in order outsmart The Voice and get Brent’s wife back.
Getaway wastes no time getting started. Right from the beginning we are thrown into the action with the prior events of the break in shown in flashbacks. From that point on, the film is nothing but fast-paced and non-stop action. The thing is, there are times when the movie is going too fast-paced for its own good. For a good portion of the movie, the dialogue between Hawke and Gomez consists of them yelling at each other. However, when their situation begins to settle, that’s when we really get a chance to get to know the characters, and the characters get to know each other. Despite this, the two actors play very well off of each other and it’s entertaining to see the two interact. I have never been a fan of Ethan Hawke, but I actually thought he very well in this. After being fresh out of what was supposed to be her breakout role in Spring Breakers, Selena Gomez is given much more time to shine here and much more to do. This is a much more different role than Gomez is used to playing, and she nails it. The film also has some of the best filming techniques and camera angles I’ve seen in an action film. The car that our characters find themselves in is wired with several cameras in and on the car and a lot of the shots of the film are shown through these. They are most impressive when it comes to the big car chases. Especially one near the end that comes off as a single-player video game. As far as the storyline, the plot, it’s really nothing new or original. The film moves so fast that there is little room to fully develop the story other than the basic plot line or completely flesh out the characters.
Basically, Getaway is the definition of style over substance. It purely focuses on the action and effects over the story. But despite this, the fun action sequences, excellent filming, and fun characters with solid performances, it’s basically forgivable. It’s nothing more than a “turn your brain off and have fun” flick. Think of it as Taken meets Fast and the Furious.