By: Nevra Azerkan
This wasn’t a movie that I was dying to see, but I got tickets to the premiere and figured I would give it a try. I loved Ethan in Great Expectations and Training Day and I’m a fan of Selena’s music, so I was interested in seeing the two paired up.
The plot revolves around a former racecar driver, Brent Magna (Hawke) whose wife is mysteriously kidnapped by an unknown man. He is provided with a custom Shelby Super Snake Mustang that is equipped with cameras and a microphone, so that “the voice” (Voight) can contact Brent with directions. The owner of the car (Gomez only known as the kid) attempts to retrieve it, but is ultimately forced along for the ride and to do whatever “the voice” tells them to do in order to rescue Brent’s wife.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. You have no idea what they have to do for this “voice” until they do it which ends up being a step by step process throughout the movie. The beginning shots of the wife getting kidnapped are a bit jumbled and we are left with a lot of questions and even at the end we feel a bit cheated at the reason for all of this. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, but you can’t blame the actors for the script. At one point when the duo is trying to evade the police, Hawke’s character says, “I can’t believe that worked”, and frankly everyone in the audience was thinking the same thing. You’ll know exactly which part that is before he even says the line.
Now for the good parts, yes, there is actually a good enough reason to see this if you’re into that sort of thing. There are absolutely NO CGI effects. That’s right; over 130 cars were actually destroyed to make this movie. I’m sure that makes a lot of you movie-lovers happy especially those who love explosions and there are plenty of those in the film most of which are cringe worthy (I hate seeing nice vehicles destroyed).
Another part that I thoroughly enjoyed was the chase scenes that gave the audience the Mustang point-of-view. The shots were filmed on a low dolly and give the impression that you’re actually in the car. Of course, this only happens towards the end of the movie, but it made a huge impact.
Overall, this is the type of movie where you can’t pick at everything in the storyline otherwise you’ll get frustrated. But if you like car chases and big explosions and you’re good with ignoring everything else then this is a fun flick to watch. Personally, I would wait for it to be on Netflix, but if you have no other options and you’re in need of a thrilling ride then this is for you.