UK Release Date: 6th December 2013
Runtime: 90 minutes
Director: Courtney Solomon
Writer: Sean Finegan, Gregg Maxwell Parker
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
Synopsis: An ex-racer has his wife kidnapped and the voice of the abductor forces him to commandeer a vehicle and carry out felonies to save his spouse.
Ethan Hawke has one of the most bizarre careers of any actor currently working in Hollywood. He balances big box office draws like Sinister and The Purge with low budget indie critic bait like Before Midnight. Amongst these are a series of rather awful choices like the Selena Gomez-starring car chase thriller Getaway, which is one of the worst films of 2013.
Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke), former racing driver, arrives home to find his house ransacked and his wife missing. He receives a phone call from The Voice (Jon Voight) who directs him to steal a customised Mustang from a nearby garage and carry out a series of audacious, often criminal, acts, with a rebellious teen (Selena Gomez) in tow.
Anyone who has ever played one of the Need For Speed video games will find Getaway very familiar. Simply, the film is one of Need For Speed’s police pursuits, played on a constant loop for an hour and a half. And, as anyone who has been stuck in one of those pursuits for long enough knows, it’s really, really… really boring.
Ethan Hawke’s performance at the centre of Getaway could best be described as a battle between the powers of a solid actor and the inherent weakness of a truly awful script. He delivers stilted dialogue, awkwardly banters with an awful Selena Gomez and basically sleepwalks through an utterly hideous movie.
Nothing in the film is original. Nothing. The vehicular mayhem and stunts have been done millions of times better and every attempt the central duo make to wriggle out of their predicament is imported from another action thriller. It’s not just that Getaway is example of bad filmmaking: it’s unbelievably lazy.
In real action cinema, car chases are a pleasant accoutrement to the main meal of plot and character development. Here, the car chase is the entire film. It’s relentlessly fast-paced to the point of exhaustion, and so dim-witted it could lose to David Beckham in a spelling test.
Getaway is an abject failure. It’s less Fast & Furious and more Slow & Spurious.
Pop or Poop?
2013 has been a year filled with many piss-poor films, but Getaway is up there with the worst. Combining lacklustre performances, a terrible script and some unnecessarily hyperactive direction, it’s an absolute mess.
Selena Gomez should probably just stick to swearing on stage in front of children. That’s where her talent lies.
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