Getaway Friday, 03 April 2020

Getaway

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence.

  • The pitch:

    As fast as you can.

  • Starring:

    Ethan Hawke, Jon Voight, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne

  • Directed by:

    Courtney Solomon

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, attacked, thrown against a wall, kidnapped, held hostage, dragged, caged, drugged, hooded, threatened at gunpoint, hit with objects, pursued, shot at. Stolen car, reckless driving, frequent high-speed pursuits, many vehicle collisions (cars, ambulance, motorcycles, tram, SUV), vehicle rollovers, vehicles/property rammed, attempted car-jacking. A car is driven through a crowded marketplace. Smashed objects, many people almost run-over, extensive property damage, shattering glass, mass power outage. Break-and-enter, data theft, explosions, fireballs, sparks. Armed police, men in balaclavas, gunmen. Yelling, arguing, pleading, screaming. Suicide missions, killing hostages mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody grazes, gashes, blood on head/clothing/hands/lips, blood on floor. Countless casualties assumed. Motorcyclists thrown, crushed.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Skimpy clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A cloth is placed over a woman's mouth (chloroform assumed). Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits), bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words. Name-calling, sarcasm. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, genre stereotypes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Kidnapping, surveillance, instructions, missions, police pursuits, high-speed chases, technology, race-car driving, GPS, bank heists, security, decoys, computer hacking.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Gargoyle, full moon, lightning (opening titles). Dog, cobra (car motif), planes. Sky-high aerial shots. Fast editing.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Pure (no CGI), heart-pounding, hectic. Authentic sense of urgency, immediacy. Spectacular crashes, vehicle stunts. Starts out with flair. One outstanding point-of-view sequence.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Preposterous, numbing, loud, ridiculous, overwrought, relentless, tiresome, bone-headed, messy, repetitive, monotonous, uninventive, pedestrian, dumb, stupid, humourless. Just one big nauseating car chase. Convoluted narrative, underdeveloped plot, implausible characters, weak dialogue, dreadful performance from miscast Gomez, lacks variety.

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