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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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This proves that Mindy Kaling is a clear contender for the Next Big Thing title. Mere days after The Office star announced that she would be writing and starring in an animated series, another big comic star is following suit: Russell Brand.
The Arthur and Get Him to the Greek star is in discussion to create his own animated series with 20th Century Fox. There is no word yet regarding the premise of the series, or on whether or not Brand will also take voice acting responsibilities—although one would likely assume, based on his resume of animated projects including feature films like Despicable Me and Hop, that Brand will in fact also be involved on a performing level.
The news is pretty much right on target. Brand is sort of a cartoon character all his own, known for his cheerfully manic demeanor both in film roles and talk show stints. A man with this frenzious sence of stimulation and love of laughter is actually someone whose animated production I would be very much eager to see. Hopefully, the arrangements regarding Brand's project make progress so that we might see this series takes form soon. The real question is, what kind of cartoon would Russell Brand make? Family-friendly? Ultra-graphic? Mind-blowingly trippy? We shouldn't rule out any of these options. The man is nothing if not unpredictable.
If the deal goes through, Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi (The Sarah Silverman Program, Bob's Burgers) will write the pilot script for the project.