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Friday, January 17, 2014

Movie Review - Getaway

Movie Title
Getaway
Year
2013
Genre
Action, Thriller
Story
On X'Mas eve, Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke), a disgraced and retired American race car driver returns to their Bulgarian home to discover his wife had been abducted and the only way for him to see her alive again was to follow instructions given to him by a Nameless/unidentified adversary/mastermind voiced by Jon Voight.

Magna's first task was to steal a heavily armored sports car (that happen to be installed with cams & mics that feed live audio & video back to the un-named villain)
Then, a nameless brat (Selena Gomez) apparently was trying to carjack the very car Magna was in. We only learn later that this heavy duty armored tank of a car was actually hers to begin with, but now, is a hostage to the whole unpleasant situation.

So the rest of the movie is all about how Magna manages to drive his sports tank around the city damaging multi-millions but somehow not killing anyone. Meanwhile, he somehow manages to bond with the extremely annoying nameless brat and she manages to figure out what the villain was after and how they could thwart him (and a horde of police and gun-toting thugs) and save Magna's wife as well.
Acting
Selena Gomez is really irritating and viewers would find it hard to relate to her character. Her script was not helping much either. If not for the fact that her character is conveniently very smart, tech savvy and happen to be the daughter of the bank owner  they eventually needed to rob, there is really no reason for viewers to root for her.

And for the record, despite being Justn Bieber's on-and-off girlfriend, whom many seem to think is hot. I quite think she's rather ugly.
I'm a little sad that Ethan Hawke, who once was considered a mega-star in the same league as maybe Keanu Reeves or Brad Pitt, has now been relagated to roles in movies like these.

The "Wife"'s role was also redundant because other than being the cliched damsel in distress role and a script with no more than spoken 100 words, she was absolutely unnecessary or anyone can be in the role .
Overall
This is a piece of stinking rubbish that is good only for the car chases and the 20+ BMWs (Well, I didn’t really keep count and I WON’T  be re-watching this movie for an accurate count) that were trashed in filming this dud.

OK, I admit that the car Magna was driving looked pretty darn cool.
I'd say don't waste your time unless you really like mindless and meaningless car crashes that miraculously do not hurt anyone OR if you are somehow a fan of Selena Gomez.

Rating: 3.5/10 

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