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Getaway [Blu-ray] [Import]


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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
brilliant awesome fun!!!!!! Dec 14 2013
By J. R. Denne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
C'mon guys! What were you expecting?! With a title like Getaway you should have known what you were letting yourselves in for! I played it loud and loved every minute! It's an adrenalin rush from start to finish and the pace barely lets up! You want fast car chases, total carnage, shootouts and massive explosions all held together by a thrilling albeit not an original story then buy this film! I was thoroughly entertained and will be watching it again and again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"I know you, Mr. Magna, and I believe in you!!" May 18 2014
By Doug Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
{2.5 stars}

Former reckless race car driver Brent Magna's wife is kidnapped by the mysterious head of a shadowy organization, who threatens to kill her if Magna doesn't do exactly as they tell him. So, Magna steals a special car with protective armor from a garage and goes careening all over the streets, sidewalks, and parkways of Sofia, Bulgaria, outrunning dozens of cop cars and and causing many fellow drivers to crash. Along the way, he inadvertently picks up a passenger, "The Kid" (Selena Gomez).

Chase and smash-'em-up thriller fans should enjoy GETAWAY. Otherwise, there are not a lot of other reasons to watch it. The only reason I did was the unique setting: We get to see something of Sofia--it was partly filmed there--but not a whole lot, and most of the "Bulgarian" characters just happen to speak fluent English. I've noticed some criticisms of the acting, but it's not too bad for a film of this sort. Hawke does a decent job of playing Magna, and, although "The Kid" is a rather unlikely character, Gomez's nice performance helps make her as real as she can be. GETAWAY is set during Christmas season, and the ironic jingles in the soundtrack add some humor. The storyline does its best to make sense, but there are still many blank spots.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!

--I kept wondering about the motivations of the kidnappers, and we're told a little something about them at the end. Still, it doesn't entirely add up.

--However, we're never told how many cops and fellow drivers die or are permanently incapacitated by Magna's little escapade, which is something of a cop-out. He also hurtles through busy parks jam-packed with Christmas celebrants but is such an expert driver that he miraculously avoids running down any pedestrians.

--GETAWAY ends pretty much the way you probably think it will. A few small surprises here and there, but nothing really clever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, Sept. 14 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
(2.5 STARS) Lots of Car Action, No Story Sept. 27 2014
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ethan Hawke is Brent Magna, a burned-out ex-racer who is forced to drive a souped-up Shelby Mustang and do whatever a stranger over the phone tells him to do. Brent’ s wife Leanne Magna (Rebecca Budig) has been kidnapped by this criminal, who orders him to drive recklessly in the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria. But for what purpose?

In fact, you really don’t care – as long as the film offers thrills and entertainment. “Getaway” doesn’t. Well, it strives to be fun with lots of car action, but unfortunately, except a few shots – there is a pretty impressive car chase sequence shot in a long take – most of the action is ruined by the editing that is too fast, and the story that doesn’t know where it is going. Selena Gomez’s annoying characters that gets involved does not help

Blandly directed by Courtney Solomon (“Dungeons & Dragons”), “Getaway” has some potential for being a silly but enjoyable action movie, potential that is not fully exploited. With so many borrowed ideas executed without creativity, “Getaway” becomes eventually dull. Personally I don’t hate this kind of fil, though it is obvious that with someone else as director it would be much more fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`I am not going to die for you.' April 22 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Canadian director Courtney Solomon steers this `script' by Sean Finnegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker and the result is a relentless 90 minutes car chase move, a little on the over used side. 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 `The Kid' (Selena Gomez) on a high-speed adventure at the command of a mysterious villain called The Voice (Jon Voight) on a race against time to save the life of his kidnapped wife Leanne (Rebecca Budig). The only thing that distinguishes the story from the legions of stories out of the same can is the `The Kid' knowledge of computers and hacking and GPS manipulation - throws an undated light on an old worn out story. Hawke is fine as the ever panicked-desperate-to-get-his-wife-back-obedient-to-the-Voice guy, Selena Gomez pulls off her rasty mouthed role well and all we see of Jon Voight is his mouth until the end. The final few minutes (the reason behind the whole movie) are rather silly. Grady Harp, April 14

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