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About the Movie
Getaway is the gritty, heart-pounding action thriller from Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment starring Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Training Day, The Purge, Sinister), actress and international music sensation Selena Gomez (Springbreakers, Wizards of Waverly Place), and Academy Award® winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, the National Treasure films) under the direction of Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting), who also produced the film. Former race car driver Brent Magra (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. Rounding out the cast are Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 136
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 133
- Average Rating: 2.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: One can only guess why Ethan Hawke felt compelled to make a high dive from the sublimity of "Before Midnight" into the twisted rubble of "Getaway."
Rotten: Getaway has some of the crass trappings of a charmingly crass, go-for-broke action pic like the delightful Crank. But it's too dumb - and far too cynical about what audiences want - to even know how to have fun with them.
Rotten: For 89 minutes that feel like 89 hours, cars speed out of control and crash doing only PG-13 damage. The damage to your brain while watching it is incalculable.
Rotten: [A] video game posing as a movie, a preposterously plotted kidnapping story starring a high-performance Mustang.
"GETAWAY"…FROM THIS MOVIE!
Of all the terrible movies I've seen so far in 2013 (and trust me, there's been a lot), "Getaway" is quite easily among the worst of the worst. I honestly can't think of anything positive to say about this mess of a film, other than the fact that it's relatively short, gets right to the point, and literally escapes from your memory in less than a day. But for the most part, it's far too cynical, dumb, and morose to enjoy even as mindless entertainment. And as a result, the film crashes and burns right from the start and never once recovers. Essentially, the story follows Ethan Hawke as Brent Magna, a former race car driver living in Sofia, Bulgaria for some bizarre reason who gets a mysterious phone call telling him a) his wife has been kidnapped and b) he has to follow his precise instructions or she'll die. His directions are to steal a particular car that has just been left for him in a particular spot, and then simply drive around Sofia smashing into farmers' markets and public parks at the whim of the person on the other end of the phone. This car is also equipped with cameras and microphones, lest the hero get any funny ideas about escaping. For added nefariousness, the voice on the phone is provided by Jon Voight, whose acting reputation has practically stopped dead in its tracks at this point. After just screeching around the entire big city for a while, dutifully knocking lots of things over while evading the vincible police, Brent is waylaid by a teenage girl carjacker played by Selena Gomez, obviously. He easily swipes the gun right out of her hands, and then, instead of driving away and leaving her behind, he absurdly pulls her into the car and takes her with him. So now he's got a passenger/carjacker/hostage he doesn't need or want. They talk openly about how to escape their predicament (despite the aforementioned microphones), more monotonously bland car action occurs, and that's basically it. The good news is that if you've always wanted to see Hawke bicker endlessly with a teenage girl for 90 straight minutes, this is your chance. But seriously, what is the villain's master plan through all of this idiotic insanity? Oh, the usual: something totally convoluted and impossible, a grand scheme that's elaborate without being remotely interesting and that requires a whole lot of things beyond his control to happen at just the right time and in just the right way. This featherbrained, high-octane misfire was directed by Courtney Solomon (the man to blame for 2000's "Dungeons & Dragons"), who evidently is capable of staging exciting action (as seen in one only one terrific extended shot in the entire film) and has simply chosen not to. Most of "Getaway" consists of chaotic, fast-cut car wrecks and other related mayhem, all of it entirely devoid of character and personality, none of it plausible or even a tiny bit thrilling, since the horrendous editing never lets us see what's happening to begin with. At the end of the day, this entire flick is nothing more than a bunch of car chase sequences loosely strung together by one of the laziest, most predictable plots brought to life in any movie this year. And Gomez's annoyingly sarcastic "smart-mouth" performance certainly doesn't help matters either. Anyway, unless you're a fan of bad action flicks with obnoxious characters and overly repetitive chase scenes, there's no reason why you should even consider seeing this mindless mess.
Movie critics have it wrong!
I was amazed by the harsh criticism this movie faced. It's not going to win an oscar by any means, but it's a decent action thriller. I wish tho they would've given a background as to who the villain was. I really liked his abilities and how he concocted his plan. It's fine that he was suppose to be mysterious, but tell me at least his backfiring info. Selena's character was not believable and Ethan did a good job. Check this out with an open and non judgmental mind.
Cheap „Made in Bulgaria“ action flick with a very weak story and even weaker prop.
Probably made for the Selena Gomez fanbase (my daughter is one of them and she would listen/watch anything with Miss Gomez).
If you are into serious action movies, stay away from this but I guess that for younger teenagers, this movie is just right. Fast and brainless. *LOL*