When Justin Bieber's favorite actress, Selena Gomez, survives a bad B-movie with more dignity than her costar, Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, the end times must be near. Hawke is Brent Magna, a failed race car driver turned crook turned reformed husband who returns to his Sofia, Bulgaria, apartment to find that his wife has been kidnapped. By cell phone, a mystery man (Jon Voight) orders Magna to steal a smokin' hot Shelby GT500 Super Snake Mustang and drive it recklessly-- endangering Christmas revelers citywide-- as ordered, or the wife dies. The villain has more on his mind than killing pedestrians, but since their hero is a washed-out depressive (a Hawke specialty), screenwriters Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker provide Magna with a brainy passenger known as The Kid (Gomez, working hard) to sort things out. She's a pain, but she has kick-ass tech skills, and is soon hacking the bad guy's onboard computer. What's weird is that director Courtney Solomon appears more intrigued by The Kid's computer derring-do than he is by his core assignment: to send cars flying through the air with destructive grace. The smash-and-crash chase scenes are numbingly dull. The only mercy? Two dimensions, not three.
Director: Courtney Solomon
Writer: Sean Finnegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker
Producer: Moshe Diamant, Christopher Milburn, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne and Rebecca Budig