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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR,
on 13 April 2014
The opening of film gives you "12 Rounds Reloaded" deja vu. Former race car driver Brent (Ethan Hawke) must perform tasks from the voice of Jon Voight or else his wife will die. He is reluctantly aided by Selena Gomez, our pudgy faced Mila Kunis. Her attitude is perhaps the only highlight of a film consumed with Bulgarian car wreaks. Brent drives a custom Mustang Cobra. They are classically low to the ground and after he bounced over the first curb, the oil pan should have been toast.
Brent is a box of rocks and only the smart talking Selena can save the day, and maybe her car that he stole. Most of the film takes place in the car, making the film a bad combination of "12 Rounds Reloaded", "The Chase", and "Vehicle 19." If fast driving, car wreaks, and chase scenes is what you crave, the film has it all at the sacrifice of just about everything else. Brent has flashbacks of his wife being kidnapped, although he wasn't there. The bruise on his wife's head comes and goes. The Shelby has bullet holes in the side, before shots are fired at it. Like the bruise, the passenger's side mirror comes and goes on its own too. In the final chase scene it sounds like he up shifts the car about 12 times. It had me laughing. And if you didn't catch any of that, the final phone call, i.e. the reason why Brent was selected should have you shaking your head.
This film is action driven "new school" style of entertainment. People who like plot, character, drama, or a shower scene can avoid this film. Might make a decent arcade game.
Parental Guide: 1 near f-bomb. No sex of nudity.