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Getaway

4/10
Action . Crime . Thriller
 

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.

 
Actors: Peewee Piemonte , Dejan Angelov , Velislav Pavlov , Dimo Alexiev , Rebecca Budig , Bruce Payne , Paul Freeman , Jon Voight , Selena Gomez , Ethan Hawke
Directors: Courtney Solomon
Country: USA , BULGARIA
Release: 2013-08-30
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  • Lawrence Toppman

    Gomez is a nonstarter as an actor, alternating dully between petulance and indifference. Hawke compensates with a vivid, ferocious performance that doesn’t go over the top.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Getaway is pretty much a 90-minute car chase. That's it.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mary Houlihan

    The racing is spectacular, especially when you consider director Courtney Solomon’s claim that no CGI was used in the crash scenes... Solomon wanted to put the audience in the middle of events and inside the car; he certainly does pull that off. Believe me, your head will spin. After a while it all becomes mind-numbing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    By the time the movie actually arrives at its finest moment – a nearly two-minute single shot from the Mustang’s hood as it chases the villain’s van through dense traffic – you’ve become so numb to speed and sensation that you may barely notice.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    For the most part, Getaway lacks tension and violence. Strobe cuts rob the stunts of any sense of motion; twisting metal, seen in half-second snippets, becomes abstracted texture. While it’s possible to appreciate this stuff on an individual level, it doesn’t quite add up to an action-movie whole.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    You watch the resultant, wholly bloodless carnage with brain in neutral and eyes glazing over, as you would a re-run of Police, Camera, Action! at two in the morning.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Getaway cares little about plot and even less about credibility (cue a pouty-mouthed Gomez spouting nuggets of wisdom about computer servers and ISPs). If you can’t even deliver blatant car-nography, what’s the point?

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    What Getaway needed most is enough juice to get to the finish line, narratively speaking. Because while jumping into the car is great, the fun dies fast if there’s nowhere to go.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The car chase thriller Getaway has a wild premise and few good moments, and if there were an Oscar for wrecking police cars, it would absolutely win.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Terrible but, in its squealing way, sporadically fun-terrible.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Maybe they all took a gander at that random, ridiculous scenario and hoped that the car would be cool enough to bail them out. It isn’t.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    This is a movie for those who watched Liam Neeson in "Taken" and thought, "Hey, this is fun, but can we do it without having to wait 15 minutes for the action to start?" Solomon has 90 minutes at his disposal, and doesn't want to waste time with setup.

    NPR Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Getaway’s only claim to fame is that it may be the dumbest movie released this summer.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Gomez plays ... well, that’s one of the problems. Her character is so underdeveloped in director Courtney Solomon’s movie that she doesn’t actually have a name.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    It couldn’t be a simpler, more workable premise for a good B-movie, but the amount of effort put into making it fast and edgy is inversely proportional to the scant thrills it yields.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Louis Black

    This is not a remake of Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway," but a new effort. The film is loaded with action and violence, although not in any logical or accessible way.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Easily one of the dopiest major studio releases since Elie Samaha got out of the business.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    A car-chase clunker that can't escape its own noxious emissions.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    In the end, it’s hard to remember another action entry that expends so much energy on frenetic blacktop choreography and attention-deficit editing with so little to show for it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Getaway makes the Transformers movies seem like they were shot in slow motion. You see all these vehicles smashing into each other, but the movie is never thrilling.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Though always speeding forward in some gear of ridiculousness, the film is a lot more fun when it's completely nonsensical, before its baddie's motives and harebrained plot are funnel-fed to the viewer.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Though always speeding forward in some gear of ridiculousness, the film is a lot more fun when it's completely nonsensical, before its baddie's motives and harebrained plot are funnel-fed to the viewer.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    The film blinks too fast to maintain a coherent vision.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    Alas, director Courtney Solomon burns out all the cool potential, leaving us with a witless and unforgivably tame car wreck.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    The smash-and-crash chase scenes are numbingly dull.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    But unless you're a demolition-derby fetishist or a connoisseur of vehicular mayhem, none of that will buy you a thrill in this video game posing as a movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The glimmers of wit and carnival humor in the “Fast & Furious” franchise are nowhere to be found in Getaway.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Getaway seems built for non-English speaking territories in which dialogue is as disposable as Bulgarian police cars. If only those audiences were as dumb as the action itself.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    You will still be astonished by how flat-out awful it is.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The whole movie becomes such a pileup of detritus, whether it’s cop cars or plot points, that even something as important as rationale becomes an afterthought.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Getaway is so bad that what’s most surprising about it is that Nicolas Cage didn’t manage to star in it. But one man can only do so many low-rent projects a year.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    When Macbeth said, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing," he must have had visions about Courtney Solomon's Getaway, a car chase thriller with zero thrills and a stench that all the perfumes of Arabia couldn't erase.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It's understandable that larger scale movies will want to spawn sequels, but this is about two degrees away from being a movie that premieres on Cinemax on a Friday night, sandwiched between two soft core porn movies with funny titles. Getaway is stuck in neutral. And that's where it'll stay.

    The Playlist Full Review
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