Valdosta Daily Times


September 9, 2013

Get away, far away, from ‘Getaway’

VALDOSTA — “Getaway” (Action/Crime: 1 hour, 30 minutes)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight

Director: Courtney Solomon

Rated: PG-13 (Violence and strong language)

Movie Review: “Getaway” has plenty octane energy but little of anything else. It features former racecar driver Brent Magna (Hawke). He must complete a number of tasks given to him by a mysterious voice (Voight) via cellular phone, or Magna’s abducted wife will die. Magna steals, a custom Shelby Super Snake Mustang. The car’s owner, a young woman (Gomez), inadvertently tries to intervene and ends up coming along for the ride. Magna and the young woman find themselves forced to complete the high-speed tasks to save Magna’s wife. 

You know you are watching a bad film when a character, Gomez’s role in the case, is referred to as “the kid,” when the film consists of mainly three players.

At the end, the audience will still not know her name. The character’s name is unimportant because this action-oriented piece is regrettable, forgettable material.        

Hawke looks the part, and Gomez is so-so. He drives. She screams. Audiences should drive away. The problem is neither delivers the necessary talents to sustain this wayward production. Screenplay writers Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker offer them little to work with in this muddle.

The script consists mostly of car chases and automobile wrecks. Apparently, more police cars wreck here than any other movie in past years. This action was the only way these cars could escape this terrible script.

The plot crashes too, more than the automobiles. Scenes make no sense. The script has scenes haphazardly thrown together to form a plot as thin as a sheet of paper. The cast’s actions make no sense. People repeatedly do dumb actions throughout this film that is a modern-day version of television’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” except “Hazzard” makes more sense.

Ultimately, the ending is as goofy and nonsensical as every thing before it is. The conclusion is where the film crashes the most. What little made sense becomes more unresolved.

Grade: F (Get away from this.)


“One Direction: This is Us” (Documentary/Music: 1 hour, 32 minutes)

Starring: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Rated: PG (Language)

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