Getaway (2013) Movie Review
Released : Aug 30th,2013
Reviewed : Sept. 7th, 2013
Genre : Action
Story : Former race-car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain. He commanders a young woman’s car and takes her on on a high-speed race against time.
Getaway will go down as not only one of the worst theatrical releases of 2013 but easily one of the worst movies of the year.
We follow Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who after learning that his wife was kidnapped is now in a race where he is constantly being watched and given instructions by a mysterious man over the phone. Eventually while taking a car Brent runs into “The Kid” (Selena Gomez) and she is taken along for the ride to try and recover his wife and found out who took her and why. This has to be easily one of the worst stories of the year. Little thought was put into it and at no point in time did I seem to care about what was going on, the characters, or the results of what could happen.
One gimmick they use though is that the car that Magna is driving has webcams attached on the inside and outside of the car so that who has his wife can always watch him to see what he is doing. That often forces the story to try and stay on a narrow path until about 3/4ths of the way through when they try adding some subplot into the story involving a small back story for “The Kid” and a bank robbery. You also learn about “The Kid”‘s strained relationship with her father, her running away, and the fact that even off of something that looks like a iPad she can hack into cameras. Also none of her back story ever gets resolved. At the end of the film it just leaves her. No resolution or anything. Never even a name.
I can’t even say this film has a twist because a twist requires some kind of story changer and in a film like this what happens at the end only reaffirms my strong hatred of it. I’ll use the word hatred towards this movie because I can’t find a single enjoyable part of it. Just like how they left “The Kid” hanging at the end, when the twist here occurs we leave Magna and hop to a different location with no resolution.
You would think though that with this movie putting the story where it is all one long chase for the most part that those scenes would be done well and they aren’t in the slightest. Often times I found myself very bored watching one of the long way drawn out chases occurring. Nothing new seems to happen and with so many cuts we see Magna shift gears more times than someone normally would I felt. The chases aren’t exciting when happening and often times I found myself almost disgusted by how idiotic some of the scenes were. A sports car can’t catch up and stay with a jeep, that seems real. You park your car in a dark alley and turn off your lights and when the police turn lights down the alley and look for you they suddenly can’t see you, again it’s just stupid.
Ethan Hawk must have thought this film would be different or be as big of a shocking success as “The Purge” when agreeing to do this. I found it hard to connect with him at all from any emotional standpoint and the fact that I am suppose to enjoy any performance when almost the entire film is taken from the point of inside a car during a chase. Selena Gomez is just as bad expect I found her character often whiny and annoying. With her suppose to be a rebel of sorts I found it hard to see her as anything but a good child. She was playing the same role as she did with Disney I felt other than the fact that they kept having her say profanities to try and make her seem cooler.
I also have to point out quickly one of the main things that bothered me about the entire webcams on the car ordeal. They try using the cameras as a acceptable angle to use during chases so you go from a decent clear show to a grainy and smaller field of vision. It kills whatever moment they had going and seemed like a cheap cop out to try and make the film seem cooler.
Overall even with receiving a score of 1 instead of a 0 I can’t seem to find anything I liked about the movie. Just avoid this, plain and simple.