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"Getaway" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The chase is on in this modern spin on the pulse-pounding action thriller. Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke plays a burned-out race car driver thrust into a perilous mission behind the wheel after his wife is kidnapped. Forced to follow the orders of an unseen, mysterious assailant (Voight) who is monitoring his every move, the driver must rely on a young hacker (Gomez) in this high-octane thriller.

Specifications

  • Warner
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13 , 1 Hr, 30 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, John Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Not to be confused with the movie starring Steve McQueen, this silly car chase movie is almost ruined by the acting "skills" of Gomez, who at no time ever comes across as a street wise, gun toting computer hacker. The real star of this movie is the Shelby "Super Snake", which is one bad (by that, I mean "good") automobile! To the benefit of the film, almost all of the car smash-up scenes are real and not CGI. The problem is in the editing. It is so quickly chopped up that you can not enjoy the action sequences. I also noticed that the Shelby would lose a mirror in one scene and moments later it would be back on the car. This happens more than once, too. Despite the plot holes and predictable ending (can you say sequel?), this flick is a rental at best. I assume Gomez is thrown into this story to appeal to adolescent boys in the audience? Stick to Pop music, please.

Technical

The picture and sound are pretty good. In spite of all the night scenes in the street, the contrasts are good with lots of depth and shadow details. The surrounds are always active and the bass is loud and dynamic, as you'd expect with car crashes and a monster muscle car chewing up the scenery. This is a case of a good disc, but a bad movie.

Extras

The bonuses all got way here: just a few featurrettes, with none of them being very interesting.