Review: The car chase thriller ‘Getaway’ stalls

August 29, 2013 • Entertainment

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Jon Voight in a scene from “Getaway.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Johnathan Blake Tyers)

Liam Neeson has some atoning to do.

Not because of his hell bent pursuit of vengeance in “Taken” and its sequel, but for the lamentable cottage industry of cheap, imitation thrills those films hath wrought. “Taken” was by no means a groundbreaking achievement. But it was sturdy genre moviemaking, aided by the veteran weight of Neeson.

“Getaway,” starring Ethan Hawke, is not that. Its chief tension derives from the question many moviegoers will ask, biting their nails: Is this the worst movie I’ve seen this year?

Hawke plays former race car driver Brent Manga, a name that even a cartoon character would be ashamed of, and that translates literally as Brent Great. In our first Login to read more

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