On-screen chemistry is one of the most important aspects when it comes to a film. Two of the most talented actors in Hollywood could be paired together in a film, but if they lack chemistry, it’s gonna be noticeable and, ultimately, weight the entire film down. With this debut trailer for Getaway, the question of chemistry is brought up, and with good reason.
Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) stars as Brent Magna, a former race car driver, who must rescue his kidnapped wife from a mysterious man (Jon Voight). To do so, the kidnapper puts Brent through a series of challenges, which also includes hijacking a young girl’s car, played by Selena Gomez (Springbreakers). Even in this first trailer, you can tell there’s a disconnect between Gomez and Hawke. I liked Gomez’ role in Springbreakers, and I’m a huge fan of Hawke’s work, but the two of them together, in an action/race thriller seems… off. Also, weirdly enough, a lot of the cop cars in the trailer have a tendency to flip vertically as if they’re being plowed by those tumbler cars in Fast & Furious 6.
However, I’ll withhold judgment until August 30th, when the film is released to theaters. You can watch the trailer for Getaway below or in HD on the film’s iTunes Movie Trailers page.