Blu-ray Review: GETAWAY (2013)

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GETAWAY is directed by Courtney Solomon and stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne and Jon Voight.

The clock is ticking as former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) barrels around the streets of Bulgaria to save his abducted wife. Inside a commandeered Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, a desperate Brent obeys the anonymous voice coming through the speaker as it sets him and his unwitting passenger (Gomez) on a series of increasingly dangerous tasks. If they fail, Brent’s wife will die. With every cop in the city in hot pursuit, the two strangers must find a way to flee or fight back against their faceless assailant in this breakneck, heart-pounding race against time.

Okay, the movie immediately starts off with Hawke’s character on the run in the Mustang and to catch us up with how he got in this spot we’re given a number of short flashbacks. Gomez quickly enters the situation and becomes sort of an unwilling hostage but she ends up being helpful in this high speed, deadly race to save a life. With each task that is given there’s also a time limit that gets Hawke’s character closer to saving his wife. There is a showdown at the end where the table’s are turned and the duo in the Mustang get the upper hand on the mysterious assailant and his wife is saved and all of the bad guys are taken down, well not all of them because this mysterious mastermind behind all of this not only gets away but we sort of see how well prepared he is at playing these games and this wasn’t the first or the last for him.

The story for Getaway is pretty mediocre and has a number of gaps and unanswered questions but what’s cool are the amazing high speed car chases that are extremely well choreographed and I believe they may have set some kind of record for destroying automobiles in this movie, yeah there’s a lot of destruction! Hawke and Gomez stayed in this car for nearly the entire movie which reminded me of other movies like The Chase which was more of a comedy but it all took place while driving and on the run. As a proud owner of three Mustang GT’s in my lifetime, I loved this high tech, muscle car and how they attached the cameras around it and inside to keep an eye on these two, that part was pretty cool! I did like the way the filmmakers handled with Voight’s character and keeping him mysterious because we never fully see his face, just a hint at the very end.

Bottom line is, we’ve seen plenty of high speed chase movies over the years and Getaway is just another one to add to the list. Even though the movie is packed with some cool chases and tricks that would rival any Fast & Furious movie, it’s the story that failed and you have to have an interesting story and characters to succeed! This Blu-ray releases on November 26th and if you’re just looking for something new to watch or you like cool cars then take a chance, you might like it better than I did, just hit the mute button on your remote and watch the cool car chases and stunts.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Video

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 

  • Widescreen 2.40:1 Color

Blu-ray Audio: 

  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Special Features: This release does include a number of entertaining featurettes as you can see below. It’s a crime what they do to this bad-ass car in the movie and one of the featurettes covers that!

  • Crash Cams
  • Destroying A Custom Shelby
  • Metal And Asphalt
  • Selena Gomez: On Set
  • The Train Station
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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