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Familiarity breeds contempt in this derivative auto-chase thriller

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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

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