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Getaway

By RICHARD GRUNERT
Welcome to Bulgaria, where NASCAR drivers gone bad hire out their services to criminals, anonymous super-criminals rob investment banks, Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend carjacks Mustangs and a police car flips over dramatically every three minutes. Little more than a 90-minute chase scene, Getaway is targeted directly at the Fast & Furious crowd, but it has only one expensive car to smash up instead of many dozen. When former racecar driver Brent Magna's (Ethan Hawke) wife is kidnapped (on Christmas!), Magna has to drive a nameless villain's car on a rampage through the Bulgarian capital, following orders if he ever wants to see his wife again. Along the way, Magna is joined by a teenage girl known only as “The Kid” (Selena Gomez), a tech genius who waves guns around and routinely hacks into government computer networks from her iPad. Hawke spends the entire movie sitting in a car and screaming at the dashboard phone, yet he’s surprisingly effective. Gomez, on the other hand, radiates boredom and angst as she delivers semi-memorable lines like “I’ve got a lot of money, you know.” As the villain, Jon Voight spends the majority of the film as a mysterious voice, and fittingly we see nothing but an extreme close-up of his lips as he eats olives and sips vodka. For the undiscriminating car buff, this film could be a dripping, sugary fix. For everyone else, it’s a long and vapid advertisement for iPads and expensive cars.
 
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Release Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Intense Action, Language, Some Rude Gestures, Violence and Mayhem Throughout ]
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke [Brent Magna], Selena Gomez [The Kid], Jon Voight [Voice of The Voice], Rebecca Budig [Leanne], Bruce Payne [Distinguished Man], Paul Freeman [The Man], Ivailo Geraskov [Detective], Dimo Alexiev [Henchman 1], Slavi Pavlov [Henchman 2], Deyan Angelov [Henchman 3]
  • Directed by: Courtney Solomon [Director], Sean Finegan [Screenwriter], Gregg Parker [Screenwriter], Courtney Solomon [Producer], Allan Zeman [Producer], Moshe Diamant [Producer], Chris Milburn [Producer], Joel Silver [Executive Producer], Steve Richards [Executive Producer], Julius R. Nasso [Executive Producer], Wayne Godfrey [Executive Producer], Robert Jones [Executive Producer], Bobby Ranghelov [Executive Producer], Jon Goodman [Executive Producer], Dennis Pelino [Executive Producer], Claudia Blüemhuber [Executive Producer], Ian Hutchinson [Executive Producer], Yaron Levy [Cinematographer], Ryan Dufrene [Film Editor], Nate Jones [Production Design], Roseanne Fiedler [Costume Designer], Justin Burnett [Original Music], Michelle Jones [Supervising Art Direction], Shannon Makhanian [Casting]
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