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Genre: Action
Directed By: Courtney Solomon
Produced By: Courtney Solomon
Steve Richards
Moshe Diamant
Joel Silver
Written By: Gregg Maxwell Parker
Sean Finegan
Starring: Ethan Hawke
Selena Gomez
James Maslow
Jon Voight
Rebecca Budig
Bruce Payne
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Yaron Levy
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Films
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $18 million
Box Office: $11.8 million

Getaway is a 2013 action thriller movie, directed by Courtney Solomon and starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez in the lead roles.


Though he used to race cars for a living, Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is now pitted against the clock in the most important race of his life; an unseen criminal (Jon Voight) has kidnapped Brent's wife, and to get her back, he must follow the man's instructions to the letter. Brent commandeers the ultimate muscle car -- a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake -- and, with a tech-savvy young passenger (Selena Gomez), sets out on a high-speed chase to rescue his beloved.

Why We'd Make a Getaway From This Movie

  1. The plot is thin and nonsensical, mainly serving as a backdrop to the action.
  2. The characters are also pretty flat and uninteresting, again because they're a backdrop to the action.
  3. The movie rips off many elements from other films: the premise of Saw, Locke, Speed and Taken, and the car chases from Grand Theft Auto and Fast and Furious and implements them poorly.
  4. There are too many action scenes thrown at you in a short amount of time, which can get exhausting.
    • As a result, the movie gets pretty dull and repetitive after a while.
  5. The movie looks like it was shot with a cheap webcam, as everything looks washed-out and blurry.
  6. Terrible editing: The jitter cam is nauseating, and the constant fast cuts are annoying and make it hard to tell what's going on.
  7. Terribly-written dialogue with an excessive amount of swearing.
  8. Selena Gomez's character is highly annoying, constantly bickering and acting like a bitch.
  9. There are quite a few continuity errors and plot holes; for instance, despite a significant plot point being a blackout, the city's lights are still clearly on for the rest of the movie, despite the characters acting like the power's out.
  10. Stupid ending: The movie acts like it's a shock which the villain is, but it isn't because we already know what he looks like.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Ethan Hawke’s performance is decent.
  2. The action in the movie was done entirely with practical effects, so no crappy CGI.
  3. It is one of Selena Gomez’s first adult-oriented films, showing her play against type.



The movie received universally negative reviews, with a 3% critic rating and a 35% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 3% of 142 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 2.73/10. The site's critical consensus states: "Monotonously fast-paced to the point of exhaustion, Getaway offers a reminder of the dangers in attempting to speed past coherent editing, character development, sensible dialogue, and an interesting plot.". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 22 out of 100, based on 34 critics indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale. Criticism focused on the poor cinematography and editing and lack of interesting plot or characters. At the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards, Selena Gomez was nominated for Worst Actress.


  • The movie was largely shot in Bulgaria.
  • Over 130 cars were wrecked in the making of the movie, including 13 Shelby Mustangs.
  • The Kid’s profane dialogue has been used for Mavis Dracula memes.

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