Getaway (2013)

Getaway (2013)
  • Time: 90 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime
  • Director: Courtney Solomon
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Jon Voight


Former race car driver Brent Magna (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.


  • I generally enjoy some good car chases… but they weren’t in this movie. There were maybe two brief sequences with some interesting cinematography, and the concept of making the sidekick a smartass young woman were the only things I liked. I’ll give it five stars for that. For the rest: boring chase sequences, uninspired cinematography, inane dialogue, unrealistic motivations, tired story idea (woman in distress AGAIN), etc., it gets one star for an average of three total. All that said, I must admit to being pleasantly surprised at how well Selena Gomez held up her part. She did keep me watching in spite of being pretty bored by the whole thing. Now I want to see if she can do well in a better movie.
    So, don’t waste your money on this one. Honestly, it’s bad!

  • “He’s a real asshole.”

    As a young kid I was watching a stunt show at the seaside somewhere along the Belgian coast many years ago. I couldn’t believe what I saw and it was a wonderful spectacle as they simply drove cars to shreds . Afterwards I received a sticker of this group and I kept it for years in a book .
    In the meantime I’ve lost that sticker and slightly more than 30 years later , I’m at an age that I ‘m not surprised that quickly anymore . “Getaway” looks like a film with such a stunt-show . A series of high-speed pursuits with many police cars flying around and heaps of metal that is wrecked .

    The star in this film is the Mustang driven by Ethan Hawke and is reminiscent of ” Roadrunner ” . You see him all the time , and even though you do your best to get hold of him every time he gets away. It started as a good car-chase movie with a lot of car wrecks as a result , but after a while it started working on my nerves . The high speed chases in the streets of Sofia is shown in exact the same way all the time. The attached cameras deliver snapshots from all sides, which are then put together in a stroboscopic mind-blowing, driving-you-nuts kind of way. I strongly advice that people with epilepsy don’t watch this movie.

    About the lead actors we can be short and concise. It’s just meaningless acting. Hawke is just looking sadly during the complete movie while he’s trying to save his wife by performing assigned tasks. To me it was a big boy scout’s game , only for adults. “The Kid” played by Selena Gomez is an annoying brat that ultimately turns out to be a wealthy bank manager ‘s daughter. She appears to have a lot of high-tech knowledge and knows a lot of things about her father’s bank. Stuff that a serious bank manager wouldn’t give away just like that. Jon Voight his mouth is mostly what we see throughout the film . You don’t need to be a star actor for that. The story is completely stupid and childishly simple. A simple bank robbery in which Voight ensures that all roads in the city are blocked and the only road left is an escape route. There are numerous implausible situations throughout the movie. For example the moment The Kid has a solution to intercept the streaming from the attached cameras. Those images are send to an anonymous server somewhere on the Internet. And with her iPad she can just simply manipulate those images. Sigh.

    Conclusion : “Getaway” as fast as you can if you come near this film . If you’ve found this as a gift under the Christmas tree , it can still be used in some way : as a support for a wobbly table , reuse it or use it as a fan next summer . Worst movie of the year, in my opinion.

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