Getaway might be the car chase movie you were expecting, and it may not be. However, if you go into it expecting to see a lot of car chases, you won't be disappointed. It is literally one car chase after another. Some of them are pretty straightforward with routine wrecks, nothing spectacular. But, a few chases show some pretty gnarly car crashes, I won't lie. The final chase begins on a freeway (which I was wondering why it took so long for the chases to move to a freeway), but it is pretty cool. Cars are weaving in and out of the wrong side of the freeway, and the Mustang (which takes a real beating in this movie) is trying to outspeed a couple of BMWs with a henchman sporting a grenade launcher, is intense and outstanding.
The standout scene though comes a few minutes later with an unbroken shot of the Mustang chasing a Mercedes SUV at high speeds and both vehicles are crossing intersections where they nearly miss pedestrian cars. It is really a high-tension scene and I was literally gripping my seat through this almost two minute shot. It reminded me of the Blues Brothers chase through Chicago, where the Blues mobile is racing through the streets narrowly missing cars.
The acting of the film is subpar and Selena Gomez's performance is okay, but not terrible (I've seen worse performances in other movies). The film keeps you going by trying to figure out what the villain's plan is.
The chases continue to switch between standard frames and shots from cameras mounted on and inside the car, which make some of the pursuits seem different and refreshing, if that sort of thing appeals to you. At times, the editing is rather frenetic, so you really have to be paying attention to what happens to which car.
If you go into Getaway with low expectations, you shouldn't be disappointed. If you go into Getaway expecting the greatest car chase movie ever, you might be really disappointed. However, if you go into Getaway expecting a subpar action movie packed with a lot of car chases, then this is the movie for you. It is something to be experienced on the big screen, and I'm glad that I was able to.
Words by guest contributor and long-time VaRaces member Emilio Rodriguez, aka n_easter12345.