The Getaway Reviews
This remake of the 1972 version is doomed to always be compared to it's predecessor. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were the hottest Hollywood couple of the time; much hotter than the Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw pairing of its time. But, we are talking about Sam Peckinpah directing Walter Hill's screenplay here. Personally, I think that Roger Donaldson did a great job directing this one.
Hands down, Kim Basinger's Carol McCoy was a much better gun-weilding criminal than Ali MacGraw ever could have been. Sexier too. When Doc McCoy (Alec Baldwin) bitch-slaps her for sleeping with Jack Beynon (James Woods), Carol slaps back. This Carol can take care of herself with a large-caliber semi-automatic weapon or driving a getaway car through a wall of police cruisers. Maybe it's just that it's a different generation.
Alec Baldwin is pretty damned cool as Doc, but it's hard to out-cool Steve McQueen at anything. But, he holds his own as a good action anti-hero. Michael Madsen's Rudy Travis is just as scary an adversary as Al Lettieri was (maybe even more so), and so was David Morse's Jim Deer Jackson compared to Bo Hopkins.
I personally prefer this latter version of The Getaway. It's a much tighter, action-packed movie, and frankly I can see this Doc and Carol being more passionately in love with each other. They were more than a married couple but partners in crime.
Both versions have been out on DVD for many years now, so it's not necessary for me to describe the story. See both versions and judge for yourself.