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Getaway (2013)


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Getaway (2013)

I was very skeptical about whether or not I would like Getaway before watching it.  I normally enjoy Ethan Hawke’s films, and recently he has made some good choices, i.e.  Sinister (2012) and The Purge (2013).  However, Getaway appeared a little sketchy to me.  I held off seeing the movie in theatres because I was very unsure about it, but I had to at least give it a chance on DVD.

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The film is about an ex-racecar driver (Ethan Hawke) whose wife has been kidnapped.  In order to try to get her back, he is forced by the kidnappers to drive and do whatever he is told while leaving a trail of destruction and evading cops all over the city.  He is given missions with time limits attached.  Along the way, he gets caught up with a young woman whose car he was required to steal.  The two of them are in for a wild ride that will hopefully help him get his wife back.

The movie was directed by Courtney Solomon and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jon Voight, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, and Bruce Payne.

The film gets your attention immediately.  It sort of has a Taken (2008) meets The Transporter (2002) feel to it, at first, but that quickly diminishes.  The high-speed car chases start out flashy and exciting set to the tone of dramatic car chase music.  Eventually the whole movie turns into one big car chase that will not end soon enough.

Getaway Gomez Hawke

Getaway is actually pretty decent until the appearance of Selena Gomez.  Her character enters and the movie slams on the breaks and crashes.  Gomez brought nothing to her role in the film except for very poor acting skills and utter annoyance.  I found myself quickly hoping that her character would just die off.  However, I’m not even sure if her poor performance was her fault.  Everything about the character that she played seemed unbelievable.  The writers really dropped the ball when they came up with her part in the story.  This sort of had a snowball effect.

The whole movie spun out of control.  It stopped being fun and entertaining.  Instead it just felt tacky and fake.  The car chases were nothing new and the story stopped making sense.  Things became too far out and predictable.  Even though he still was, it felt like Hawke was no longer in the driver’s seat.  There was nothing that he could do to steer the film into the right direction.

Getaway Car Flying

I thought that Getaway would at least be a fun ride to get distracted on for a little while.  Instead, I wanted to get off before the ride was over.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

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Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014


Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014

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I have seen 94 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 94 films, I have written a review for 61 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of January.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

Getaway (2013)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.