Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ethan Hawke has spent much of the past couple of years looking terrified, at least when he’s not busy wooing beautiful French women. He’s had roles in two Jason Blum-produced horror pics, Sinister and The Purge, and now he’s got himself a lead role in the late-summer thriller Getaway.
Directed by Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting, Dungeons & Dragons), the vehicle-centric actioner stars Hawke as a retired race car driver named Brent Magna (yes, really) whose wife has been kidnapped by a mysterious villain. Brent is forced to complete a number of highly illegal errands that involve driving really fast in a stolen sports car, while taking its owner (Selena Gomez) along for the ride.
It’s all profoundly silly, right down to the villain’s cartoonishly evil European accent, but if you’re in the mood for some cinematic junk food it could do the trick. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.
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Confession: for a long time I didn’t like Ethan Hawke. I can’t even remember why; the reason was irrational, I’m sure. Probably something along the lines of “I don’t like his face,” the sort of snap judgement made when you’re young, which sticks just because it’s there. I’ve long since revised my stance, mostly because it was stupid.
For anyone else who still harbors a lack of good feelings towards Hawke, check out the AMA he did at Reddit yesterday, which is one of the better actor/fan exchanges I’ve seen. Or see Before Midnight, which is great. The Purge also opens this week, and while it is less great, the fault (as with Sinister) isn’t with Hawke.
There’s actually a minor explosion of genre movies featuring Hawke. In addition to those two horror pictures there’s Getaway, which co-stars Selena Gomez, and also a car. This isn’t The Getaway, which would be the story by Jim Thompson that has already been adapted twice, and influenced From Dusk Till Dawn. This is a different straight-up race movie, pared down to the bare essentials. The trailer is below, and it builds to a nice pitch. Read More »