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Getaway Reviews

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August 17, 2017
GREG: (Greg Smith, Founder of Agile Writers of Richmond, VA) Scott, there s no escape for you - it s time to review Getaway.

SCOTT: (Dr. Scott Allison, Professor of Psychology, University of Richmond) Alas, I wish there had been a way to stay away from Getaway.

GREG: Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is a former race car driver with a past. He comes home to find that his wife has been abducted. He receives an anonymous phone call telling him to find a special car (a Shelby Mustang Super Snake) that has been outfitted with internet cameras that can watch him drive both from inside and outside the car. Once Magna is inside the car the anonymous villain calls him at regular intervals with instructions to do dastardly deeds with the car or risk the harm of his lovely wife.

SCOTT: At one point a girl in her late teens (Selena Gomez) jumps into the car, points a gun at Magna, and demands possession of the car, claiming it is hers. Magna is able to disarm her and is ordered by the villain to keep her with him while he completes his remaining tasks. The girl is very tech-savy and manages to use the cameras against the villain as well as figure out the villain s ultimate goal, which she and Magna attempt to thwart.

GREG: Scott, I m not against the odd improbable plot device to set up the situation for a movie, but the premise that we re asked to swallow in Getaway is an extremely odd device. We re asked to believe that some disembodied voice (ala Charlie s Angels) is going to control the acts of a desperate man. Second, we re asked to believe that a techno-kid is going to aid the man. But the most unbelievable thing (that we can disclose without exposing too much) is when Magna extracts the gun from the kid and the voice says Kill her! Magna does the heroic thing and defies the voice (although risking his wife s safety, which is his major motivation) only to have the voice tell him that it is Good - as you ll need her for what awaits you. I suppose if Magna had killed the girl as ordered the movie would have been over prematurely.

SCOTT: Greg, this movie should serve as a warning to future filmmakers, and the warning should read, How not to make a movie. The scene you mention is only one of 50 scenes that baffled me. I suppose Magna s decision to spare the girl s life is supposed to endear us to him, but this scene occurs right after another scene in which Magna rams his car at high speed at dozens of cars, presumably driven by innocent people, and through innumerable Christmas displays, also filled with innocent people. So there is absolutely no doubt that Magna is willing to kill many other people (including dozens of law enforcement personnel) to save his wife, a fact that I found reprehensible. But let s not forget the main problem with the movie, which is that 60 of the 90 minutes were devoted to car chases, car collisions, and cars turning into accordion-like hunks of metal. That means we saw a half-hour of plot, if you could call it that, spread over 90 minutes. For me it was torture.

GREG: It s true, this movie is thin on plot and high on octane. I didn t think it possible, but Getaway is a poor approximation of the Fast and Furious movies. And those are already a poor approximation of good entertainment. This movie is derivative of a genre of movie that should have no derivative. The one thing I did like about this movie was Selena Gomez. She comes to us from the Disney kid-actor-factory where she starred in the TV series The Wizards of Waverly Place. Unlike so many of the young people who survive that teen-actor puppy mill (Miley Cyrus, for example), Gomez appears to be easing herself into a more adult career path. While there really wasn t much for her to do or say (and she says sh*t a LOT in this film) she does it with conviction and we believe that she is the character she claims to be playing. Kudos Selena.

SCOTT: You re right, Selena Gomez is the lone high point of a film that has more low points than Death Valley. This movie reminds me of the typical Tom Cruise movie of late -- there is a premium on action and a pittance of character development. Magna doesn t change as a character, he merely survives the ordeal thrown at him. In fact, if there is a hero in this story, it is the car he drives. His car apparently has its own Iron Man suit, indestructibly colliding with countless cop-cars which are crushed like beer cans in a fraternity house. By the way, most drunken frat boys are probably too sensible and mature to enjoy Getaway.

GREG: I struggled with giving this film a zero rating, which I reserve for the worst of the worst. But Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez both give everything they ve got although they re not given much to work with. I give Getaway 1 Reel out of 5. Both characters try hard but they are mere shadows of heroes, doing the things that are expected of them to be heroic without being actual heroes. I give them just 1 Hero out of 5. Movie: Hero:

SCOTT: Getaway is a 90-minute collision-fest that is saturated with the senseless repeated bludgeoning of automobiles. I have no problem giving this movie as much as 1 Reel because I enjoyed seeing the lovely Sofia, Bulgaria, where the movie takes place. Selena and Sofia make the film reel-worthy. The car and its ordeals are more of a hero than Magna, and any time an inanimate object shows more transformation than the human who drives it, we have a problem. So I give Getaway one mere Hero out of 5 as well. Movie: Hero:
August 3, 2017
Worst film I ever watched is be better watching my little pony
½ June 7, 2017
Not good

Definently a movie to pass on
½ April 1, 2017
Um kra tem sua mulher sequestrada e precisa fazer umas merdas a bordo de um veículo, sendo que a proprietária lhe encontra e acaba entrando na furada... filme fraco com cenas de ação ruins..
March 21, 2017
This was never going to be a great movie, but it could have been a fun B movie. The duration of the flick is a car chase, and all done practically. 130 cars were destroyed in grand fashion, but unfortunately we can't appreciate it. The editing of this movies action sequences may be the worst I've ever seen. Amazing stunts occur, but with cuts and edits every millisecond you can't appreciate or follow it. Gomez is atrocious as an actor in a very limited role, and Hawke is fine as always. SKIP
½ February 19, 2017
this movie has the worst acting I have ever seen! a 2 year old has better acting than this movie!
February 12, 2017
Great movie and great action scenes. Selena does an awesome job with this movie.
½ February 2, 2017
I watched this with expectations that it was going to be shit, and it was painfully worse. Grab a generic story that doesn't go anywhere, an absolutely horrible car ride that is 80% of the entire film, hilarious and ANNOYING acting from Selena Gomez, cheesy, CHEESY, CHESSY FAR-FETCHED PIECE OF SHIT! Not to mention how dumb the entire film is and BORING. There was a point in the third act where I knew the director completely gave up. This movie is a waste of your time and shouldn't even be watched for guilty pleasures. I guess Ethan Hawke gave his best effort but the overall film limited his potential.
½ December 8, 2016
Absolutely bad my 4th worst film of all time
½ September 4, 2016
Getaway is weak from its plot to its acting.
½ August 8, 2016
Sloppy cinematography, simplistic dialogue, boring characters and repetitive action, Getaway is what you want to do halfway into it. Selena Gomez contributes nothing to the film aside from being the generic tech savvy teen who annoyingly nags for most of her screen time, Ethan Hawke phones it in and the head scratching camera angle choice of staring at Jon Voight's crusty old mouth all the time was nauseating. Not much else needs to be said, Getaway is unremarkable and feels like a forgettable straight to DVD flick. A real car crash is more entertaining.
June 11, 2016
one long, overpriced Ford commercial with b- acting.
½ May 11, 2016
Getaway from this movie because it is so bad.
May 2, 2016
The girl's car is freaking beautiful.
April 29, 2016
Pointless blah... but I have seen much worse.
½ April 2, 2016
The worst movie I have ever seen !!!
March 30, 2016
What??? Why??? Really??? Stupid!!!
½ March 27, 2016
All aspects of this film are horrific and despicable.
½ March 6, 2016
Boring shit. I feel sorry for an incredible actor like Ethan Hawke being tricked into a uninteresting action movie that involves Selena Gomez as a computer genius.
½ March 4, 2016
Absolutely awful performance from Selena, how she manages to hack computer networks with couple of taps on a tablet is highly believable. Not sure why Ethan chose to do this movie, its a boring monotonous car chase, which gets nowhere.
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