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Getaway [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The opening of film gives you "12 Rounds Reloaded" deja vu. Former race car driver Brent (Ethan Hawke) must perform tasks from the voice of Jon Voight or else his wife will die. He is reluctantly aided by Selena Gomez, our pudgy faced Mila Kunis. Her attitude is perhaps the only highlight of a film consumed with Bulgarian car wreaks. Brent drives a custom Mustang Cobra. They are classically low to the ground and after he bounced over the first curb, the oil pan should have been toast.

Brent is a box of rocks and only the smart talking Selena can save the day, and maybe her car that he stole. Most of the film takes place in the car, making the film a bad combination of "12 Rounds Reloaded", "The Chase", and "Vehicle 19." If fast driving, car wreaks, and chase scenes is what you crave, the film has it all at the sacrifice of just about everything else. Brent has flashbacks of his wife being kidnapped, although he wasn't there. The bruise on his wife's head comes and goes. The Shelby has bullet holes in the side, before shots are fired at it. Like the bruise, the passenger's side mirror comes and goes on its own too. In the final chase scene it sounds like he up shifts the car about 12 times. It had me laughing. And if you didn't catch any of that, the final phone call, i.e. the reason why Brent was selected should have you shaking your head.

This film is action driven "new school" style of entertainment. People who like plot, character, drama, or a shower scene can avoid this film. Might make a decent arcade game.

Parental Guide: 1 near f-bomb. No sex of nudity.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 November 2013
It's high octane stuff and expertly filmed, this thing smashes it's way through the night streets of Sofia, Bulgaria. Ethan Hawke is an ex pro racing driver whose wife is kidnapped so that he will steal a specialised car and carry out various tasks over the course of one night, any infraction of the rules results in mis treatment of his wife, the unseen orchestrator of this terror has the car wired for video and sound. In many respects it's a bit like a video game. Hawke does a great job as an everyman hero with specialised skills who will do anything for the safe release of his missus.

On the upside, the movie doesn't look cheap, Sophia isn't the prettiest place on Earth but the locations suit the action, speaking of action, they wreck bucket loads of cars in supreme style; with no CGI in sight, the chases are quite remarkable.

Selena Gomes has a fairly contrived and confusing character, she's a computer genius and owner of the car who is also coerced into the vehicle for nefarious purposes. Her poorly sketched character is annoying at times and has been saddled with some poor dialigue, that's not her fault of course and she does the best with what she's been given. Thankfully Hawke is there to bring the movie back from the brink and if he doesn't do it for you, there's another ass kicking car chase round the corner.

A couple of actors pop up late on in the movie but don't have any lines, for instance, token British bad guy, Bruce Payne appears for about three minutes which is just bizarre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2014
'Getaway' is a car chase action film that released in 2013 to widespread panning by critics and flopped at the box-office.

The plot revolves around Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who in order to save his kidnapped wife must follow instructions from a mysterious voice (not that mysterious actually). He is involved in a car chase during the process.

The main problem with the movie is its main weapon, the car chase scenes, which are exhausting and boring. Yes, the customized Shelby Mustang car is cool, Ethan Hawke is more than watchable and the final twenty minutes are not that bad. These things apart, there isn't much. The plot is ridiculous and boring.

Selena Gomez (deservedly nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress) is annoying and so is the mysterious voice of Jon Voight.

Courtney Solomon is a director who has made pointless cinema with a dull script.

My advice, Run Away from this Getaway!
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on 16 March 2015
Getaway is the gritty, exciting action thriller from Warner Brothers in which former race car driver Brent Magna(Ethan Hawke) is pitted against the clock as he commandeers a custom Shelby Super Snake Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner on a high-speed adventure at the command of a mysterious villain(John Voight) on a race against time to save the life of his kidnapped wife.

Nicely directed by Courtney Solomon. Simple easy story to follow, i thought the two leads were good and the villain kept it interesting with tasks he gave out. Selena Gomez was believeable, and had the expected attitude of someone her character's age without being annoying throughout the film. Ethan Hawke was good as usual in my opinion he brought a depth to his character. Decent action scenes with no CGI which gives it a more real feel to it and a change of scenery filmed in Sofia,Bulgaria rather than USA all the time. Dont go in taking the film too seriously otherwise you wont enjoy it.

Overall a decent action film. Grab some popcorn and put your feet up and enjoy it.

Would recommend this to Ethan Hawke fans and action fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The film sets the 'Tone' from the out-set with a high-speed car-chase as 'Brent Magna'
follows instructions from those that have kidnapped his wife.
He is told to switch cars, the 'Ford Shelby' G.T. 500 Super-Snake' has been wired so
'The mystery Voice' can give instructions, and internal and external camera's so that
he can be watched at all times.
Being a former racing driver, driving this high-Powered Machine should be a piece of
cake for 'Brent'
He is joined by a reluctant passenger who just so happens to own the car, 'The Voice'
has decided 'The Kid' stays on-board.
They are given a series of timed tests, fail, 'Brent's' wife dies, the tests are high-speed,
a danger to both those on-board as well as innocent bystanders as police cars are
constantly in pursuit.
The streets of 'Bulgaria' become a scene of carnage as chase after chase occurs, it
seems as though the whole of 'Bulgaria's' police are on their case.
What is it that the anonymous 'Voice' wants in return for 'Brent's' wife ? hopefully alive.
Car-Chases, and Car Smashes Galore in this High-Speed, High Octane tense and exciting
Non-Stop Thrill-Ride.
(The film does not deserve all the negativity the press gave it in my opinion, I found it
most enjoyable, if a little far-fetched perhaps)
Great Picture and Sound Quality throughout.
(HIGH OCTAINE) Special Features include :
* Crash Cams.
* Destroying and Custom Shelby.
* Metal and Asphalt.
* 'Selena Gomez' on set.
* The Train Station.
*
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
An almost continuous car chase through the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria
A Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake
The on-going destruction of the above car
Many, many police cars and other vehicles spectacularly detroyed
A reliance on good old-fashioned stuntwork rather than CGI effects
Ethan Hawke with a steely glaze and a foot on either side of the law
Selena Gomez as a hoodie wearing punkette with a foul mouth and combat boots

If any of the above sounds appealing, then this will likely to be the movie for you !
But don't expect a logical plot or a great script and acting.
This is simply a good example of a no-brainer car chase movie with some excellent stuntwork.
And obviously the film-makers have enjoyed the likes of "Bullit", "The Driver", and both versions of "Gone In 60 Seconds"
So, simply switch your brain off and enjoy the ride !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2014
Fantastic film. Great and clever car chases. Very professional. Don't understand why this film flopped. I rented it then bought it next day.
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on 1 August 2015
I found this film OK and enjoyable but there wasn't much of a plot only someone driving around in a car doing tasks and going to places while talking to the person who kidnapped his wife. The acting from both Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez was brilliant and the special effects were fun to watch!

Overall, The film was not a total car crash but it was weak in terms of its storyline but I enjoyed it anyway!
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on 20 May 2014
Reviews stating that this is 2013's worst film almost put me off from watching this. But I still watched it, and I'm glad I did. I wasn't great, but certainly not as bad as other people are saying. The plot is a bit too silly, but the rest of the movie works well as a middle of the road action movie. Recommended
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If only I'd read this review before renting... definately a movie to steer clear of! Switched it off after 15mins of terrible photography and terrible plot...
When I say terrible photography, I mean there are cuts every few seconds to differing angles making it a headache to watch.
ABYSMAL
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