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May 24

Fast Getaway

fastgetawayGenre: Action / Comedy
Year: 1991
Country: USA

Director: Spiro Razatos
Starring: Corey Haim, Cynthia Rothrock, Leo Rossi, Ken Lerner, Marcia Strassman

 

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Nelson is a young teenager who is part of a gang of bank robbers led by his father Sam together with his girlfriend Lilly and their friend Tony. After a successful heist, Sam and Lilly has a fight and they decide to split up and now Sam and Nelson are on their own. While doing another robbery, Lilly and Tony snitches to the cops and they get incarcerated. Nelson gets bailed out by a woman who claims to have history with Sam in the past. When they also break out Sam, Nelson learns the truth of his past.

Fast Getaway was probably only made to show off Corey Haim as a “cool” kid before his popularity as a teenage idol would go out. He does a good job and plays the part, although in some scenes you can see that he is starting to get a little to old for this type of part.

He gets to play off Leo Rossi (Halloween 2, Maniac Cop 2) here and Rossi is either a crappy actor or just not interested in this project. Cynthia Rothrock in the small role as Lilly and it’s a waste of a great action actress here. I’m not sure if they knew what they had to work with in Cynthia here. Ken Lerner (The Exorcist 3, RoboCop 2) is the comedian of the group playing Tony. He just becomes too silly for my taste here and ends up being annoying.

The movie was done by first time director Spiro Razatos, he went on to become a big stunts guy in Hollywood and has been involved in a lot of big blockbusters such as Training Day and The Expendables. I guess the material for Fast Getaway isn’t something that even Martin Scorcese could be able to make a good movie out of, but Razatos didn’t show anything that would make me want to check out a new movie by him either.

Fast Getaway ends up being a silly and forgettable early 90’s action-comedy made for kids and especially fans of Corey Haim. Somehow it also sparked a sequel a few years later. It might be enjoyable for 10-12 year olds and there’s nothing wrong with that, but for older people it’s not really recommended.

 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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