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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Nov 262013
 

photo for “Getaway” is the bastard child of every car chase/car crash film ever made. There’s virtually little story line and very little acting — but oh, my, are there ever crashes and chases. The plot is basic: Former race car driver Brent Magna (Etahn Hawke) comes home one night to find his wife kidnapped; a phone rings and he’s instructed to steal a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Selena Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, following the orders of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. Magna and the girl race through the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria, with very little dialogue to break up the 90 minutes of destruction. Hawke has little to do here except drive, and Gomez tags along for the ride, thankfully. According to the director and the stunt coordinator, no CGI was used in the car stunts — which wrecked 130 cars. And to pull the viewer into the action, 18 to 42 “crash cams” were used in each scene — in the cars, on the streets, on buildings. If you like non-stop speed action, this is for you. One note: Someone, please, give Selena Gomez acting lessons. Extras: Crash cams, “Destroying a Custom Shelby,” “Metal and Asphalt,” “Selena Gomez: On Set,” “The Train Station.” Vitals: Director: Courtney Solomon. Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Action, Box office gross: $10.494 million, Warner. 2 stars

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