Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
Who'd have thought spending 90 minutes in a car with Selena Gomez could be this stagnant? A disembodied voice orders a former race car driver (Ethan Hawke), whose wife he holds hostage, and a banker’s daughter (Gomez) to do his nefarious bidding in this extended commercial for the Shelby Super Snake Mustang. At least 70% of the film is an extended car chase, and with a dozen or so cameras affixed to its body, the souped-up sardine can does the lion’s share of the cinematography. Apparently cut together during an earthquake by an editor with a seizure disorder and bad case of the hiccups, Courtney Solomon’s Getaway is one of the most haphazardly strewn together films ever to be released by a major studio. Only one moment — a jagged, unbroken long take that follows a car as it slaloms in and out of traffic — left me grabbing at the armrest. 2013.
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