7 December 2013 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Familiarity breeds contempt in this derivative auto-chase thriller

Reading on mobile? Click here to watch the trailer

This slice of stripped-down automotive porn from the director of An American Haunting takes the narrative chassis of Nick of Time (we've kidnapped a loved one, now do what we say or she dies), bolts it on to the body of a Fast and the Furious knock-off (muscle cars driving ridiculously and relentlessly fast through crowded streets), and then films it all in the manner of End of Watch (surveillance cameras lending a "gritty" vérité edge to the increasingly daft action). Ethan Hawke is the steering-wheel spinner whose wife has been Taken (another nod) and who must put the pedal to the metal with a wanton disregard for everyone around him, including accidental passenger Selena Gomez. With its smashy-crashy aesthetic and endless scenes of hyperbolic car-nage, Getaway exhausts the viewer's patience long before the finishing line approaches. »

- Mark Kermode

Report a problem



Similar News Items

Selena Gomez
Ethan Hawke
End of Watch (2012)


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners