Owen Gleiberman
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Getaway (Movie - 1994)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly, James Woods
director
Roger Donaldson
author
Walter Hill, Amy Holden Jones
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

THE GETAWAY (R) What, exactly, possessed Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger to want to star in a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Sam Peckinpah’s middling 1972 bank-heist thriller? Freelance criminal Doc McCoy (Baldwin) is sprung from jail by Jack Benyon (James Woods), a wormy Mr. Big who hires him to organize a safecracking. But the operation turns out to be a double cross. Baldwin strikes ”dangerous” male-model poses, and Basinger is a blank, a movie star manque. The film quickly devolves into a generic chain of robberies, chases, explosions, and showdowns. Like the original Getaway, it’s a joyride without the joy. C ( 209, Feb. 11) -OG

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