Every Friday night, Movies.com sends cinephiles (and newlyweds) Sarah and Joe Piccirillo to see a film. Afterwards, they answer a few questions about it. Below is their discussion.
Synopsis: If former race-car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) ever wants to see his kidnapped wife again, he must first perform a series of driving-related errands at the behest of a sinister villain (Jon Voight). With Selena Gomez.
Was this a good date movie?
Joe: I would never willingly take a date to this movie. It made me sad to be alive. It’s an equivalent experience to walking through a mall and stopping in front of Game Stop to watch a kid play a race-car game on the complimentary Xbox. Except that kid is Ethan Hawke.
Sarah: Hell no. There was no charm, no humor, and barely a plot. What it was was irritating. And I can’t imagine seeing it on a date and feeling anything but cranky afterward.
What drove you nuts?
Sarah: All of it.
Joe: Selena Gomez’ character’s perpetual imitation of my mother during car trips:
Sarah: The mind-numbing loop of 1) car chase, 2) voice giving instructions, 3) Selena swearing. Five seconds of each. Repeat ad nauseam.
Joe: The actual instructions were just insane and bizarre.
Sarah: Yes! They were absurd: “Turn right!” “Drive through the ice skating rink!” “Hit as many things as possible!”
Joe: It’s like the villain is an errant GPS.
Sarah: Or a remake of 2001: A Space Odyssey with a GPS.
Joe: And Ethan Hawke doesn’t question any of this. He doesn’t even seem privately concerned like, “So… how does knocking over Christmas trees get me closer to my wife?”
Sarah: I was waiting for the big villain to be Bugs Bunny.
Joe: It was just flat-out dumb. The dialogue, the plot, the big reveal: dumb, dumb, dumb. We’re putting more effort in reviewing it than they did in writing it.
How were the car-chase scenes?
Joe: Well, I feel like there are limited options for the hero during a car chase, and the producers showed great restraint when using the “stop short” trick.
Sarah: It’s faulty logic to think that because the use of CGI generally ruins a movie, the absence of it elevates it.
Joe: At least there were no ridiculous explosions…
Sarah: I wouldn’t know. I zoned out after the 75th minute of car chase.
Joe: I hated that scene in the last third of the movie, which was a five-minute unbroken POV shot of Hawke’s dashboard as he drove through the city.
Sarah: That was the only scene I liked.
Sarah: It offered a few moments of serenity after smashing , crashing and Selena’s babbling. It was soothing and choreographed. I finally felt the connection between driver and car that I think they were trying to hammer down our throats the whole time.
Joe: To me it felt like I was watching my little cousin play Outrun.
What will you be thinking about tomorrow?
Sarah: It’s really hard to take Jon Voight seriously when he sounds like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
Joe: Agreed. It also didn’t help to have it paired with that Country Crock-style of filmmaking. I could have done without the close-ups of Jon Voight speaking sinister lines while stuffing his face with appetizers.
Sarah: The whole time it seems like there’s some hidden connection, some big reveal that explains how these two are connected and why they get in a car together. Not only is there no payoff, but the randomness eliminates any suspense.
Sarah: This is not a movie; it’s a video game. Skip it.
Joe: Apparently there was no CGI used in the car-chase scenes. They only used computers to write the script. Skip it.
Sarah and Joe are writers/editors who live in Boston. They met in a bar and married within a year. They love to argue about early Woody Allen films and old romantic comedies. They both agree to hate musicals.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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