Getaway

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Getaway Movie Poster Image
Lackluster action flick has too many smashed cars to count.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The bad guy tries to steal a fortune, and the good guy destroys hundreds of vehicles while threatening to run down scores of pedestrians and policemen, so there's no real positive takeaway here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character will do almost anything to rescue his kidnapped wife, even if it involves untold vehicular mayhem.

Violence

Near-constant car chases, with too many smashed vehicles (cars, motorcycles, more) to count. They flip, fly, roll, tumble, and are destroyed in many other ways. A few scenes also include shoot-outs, and in one sequence, a woman is violently kidnapped.

Sex
Language

Language is mainly variations on "s--t," "ass," and "hell," with one possible use of "f--k" and a crude finger gesture thrown in, plus "damn," "crap," "oh my God," etc.

Consumerism

Several Apple products have prominent roles, including an iPhone, an iPad, and a Mac laptop. The star of the film is a customized Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake sports car, with the logo and brand name appearing all through the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The villain savors a martini while choreographing the mayhem.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Getaway is a near-nonstop car chase from beginning to end. Ethan Hawke stars as a former race car driver whose wife has been kidnapped. The villain instructs him to drive a customized sports car on a specific route, plowing through crowded pedestrian malls, eluding the cops, causing all sorts of mayhem, and destroying too many vehicles to count. Selena Gomez co-stars as an unwilling passenger who becomes his ally. There's a bit of swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.) and some serious product placement for the Shelby Super Snake -- the muscle car that's the real star of the film -- but the real issue is the constant loud crashing and destruction.

User Reviews

Adult Written bychristian2011 September 15, 2013

Complete and utter waste of time.

Getaway is one bad and very poorly executed action flick, which was surprising because Ethan Hawke is a relatively good actor, but Selena Gomez, really? The scr... Continue reading
Adult Written byjoshua martinez September 7, 2013

14 and up.

this action/adventure movie getaway is a good film with three famous actors stars as Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight this movie is fine for your older... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byiPunk August 30, 2013

Intense movie features a stranger and an impulsive husband

He smashes cars, kidnaps a woman, and drives at a hundred miles per hour because the voice at the other end told him to. He would have said no, if the voice at... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRealSelenator July 22, 2016

Selena Marie Gomez

I have no idea why people hate this movie? It's not a movie I would talk about immediately the next day, but I'd definitely watch it again sometime. S... Continue reading

What's the story?

Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is a former race car driver whose skills are put to the test when his wife is kidnapped and the villain orders him to get behind the wheel of a powerful sports car and follow all instructions to the letter. The unseen kidnapper (Jon Voight) has placed cameras in the vehicle -- he can see everything Hawke does and makes sure everything follows his mysterious plan. Not even the help of an initially unwilling passenger (Selena Gomez) will disrupt this carefully choreographed night of automotive destruction, filmed on location in Sofia, Bulgaria

Is it any good?

To start, Speed did a better job making a movie about a vehicular hostage situation than GETAWAY does. It starts with a car chase, it ends with a car chase, and there's very little in between except more car chases. And car crashes. (Okay, there are also motorcycles.) It's about 90 minutes of action sequences, barely held together with a plot; don't think too hard about it, because the story doesn't hold up to even the most cursory examination. (A city downed by a power outage suddenly appears to have power, and just how much damage can that car take?) We learn almost nothing about the characters except that Brent loves his wife and wants her back. And that he's a former race car driver (with a shady past, though we don't know what that means) and is still a good driver. But that's not enough of a reason to root for him to drive his way out of trouble.

Speaking of driving -- the action sequences start out pretty gripping, but there are only so many ways to destroy a car, and we eventually see them all, usually more than once. So it doesn't take too long before they get boring. The movie ends on a note that suggests a sequel may be in the offing, but at this rate, there may not be enough gas to power that drive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of action violence shown in Getaway. What kind of impact does it have compared to what you might see in a horror movie? Is any of it meant to be realistic?

  • What audience do you think Getaway is intended to appeal to? How can you tell?

  • How far is Brent willing to go to save his wife? Where does he draw the line? What would you do? Is he a sympathetic character despite the choices he makes/actions he takes? Why or why not?

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