Getaway: Movie Review


Remember when August was considered the dumping ground for movies that studios knew were bad?  Well, the new Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez action-thriller “Getaway” is a perfect example of the type of film that would have been considered an August dump.  If 90 minutes of poorly shot car chases and “Taken” rip-offs is your thing, then this movie may be for you. As for me, I was bored out of my mind.

Brent Magna (Hawke) is a former race-car driver who is forced to drive a car rigged with cameras and cause major damage around the city by a mysterious man (Jon Voight) who has kidnapped his wife.  If Brent does not do what the man says, his wife will be killed.  The car is rigged with cameras so every move that Brent makes, can be seen by the villain. Things get even more complicated when a young woman (Gomez) tries to steal the car from Brent and he is forced to take her along for the ride. 

“Getaway” is 98% car chases and it gets old really quick, Gomez is extremely annoying and completely wrong for the part. I nearly lost it when she tried to act all tough while carjacking Hawke’s character.   There is only one good moment in the whole film, which is a single shot car chase towards the end, which feels like you are playing a video-driving game on the big screen.  Other than that, I could not wait to get away from “Getaway”

By: Marc Ferman

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