Getaway: Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke in Merciful 2-D

When Justin Bieber's favorite actress, Selena Gomez, survives a bad B movie with more dignity than her costar, Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, the end times must be near. In Getaway, Hawke is Brent Magna, a failed racecar driver turned crook turned reformed husband who returns to his Sofia, Bulgaria apartment to find that his wife has been kidnapped. By cell phone, a mystery man (Jon Voight) orders Magna to steal a smokin'-hot Shelby GT500 Super Snake Mustang and drive it recklessly — endangering Christmas revelers citywide — as ordered, or the wife dies. The villain has more on his mind than killing pedestrians, but because their hero is a washed-out depressive (a Hawke specialty), screenwriters Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker provide Magna with a brainy passenger known as the Kid (Gomez, working hard) to sort things out. She's a pain, but she has kick-ass tech skills and is soon hacking the bad guy's onboard computer. What's weird is that director Courtney Solomon appears more intrigued by the Kid's computer derring-do than he is by his core assignment: to send cars flying through the air with destructive grace. The smash-and-crash chase scenes are numbingly dull. The only mercy: two dimensions, not three.


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