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Getaway is a 2013 action thriller film directed by Courtney Solomon.

Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke), a retired race-car driver, is put into a race against time when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious man (Jon Voight) who threatens to kill her unless Brent follows his orders. During Brent's mission for the kidnapper, a young woman (Selena Gomez) only known as "The Kid" attempts to carjack him, but is dragged into the vehicle and forced to help him.

Not related to the 1972 crime drama The Getaway, the 2002 Video Game The Getaway or the sequel to the pinball table High Speed subtitled The Getaway.

Getaway provides examples of:

  • An Asskicking Christmas: Brent and his wife Leanne went to her hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria for a Christmas vacation, only for her to be kidnapped.
  • Badass Driver: Brent. The kidnapper even says he's the only driver good enough to complete his objectives.
  • Car Fu: Brent rams several cars and objects with his own. Helps that his car is heavily armored.
  • Cool Car: Brent drives an armored Shelby Mustang Super Snake.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: The film takes place from one morning to the next.
  • Everything Is Online: The kidnapper wired various web-cams to the Super Snake to see Brent's actions, and is able to manipulate events such as closing the city's streets (or probably keeping a hyper-accurate record of which streets end up closed by the collateral damage of the cops chasing Brent) and making a power station explode from a laptop halfway across the world. He also electronically steals many millions and walks away a free man, having used Brent and The Kid as decoys and fall guys for what few henchmen he has on the ground.
  • Flipping the Bird: The Kid flips off a trucker who almost hits them.
    The Kid: Hey, watch where you're going, asshole!
  • I Have Your Wife: The kidnapper forces Brent to work for him by taking his wife.
  • In-Universe Camera: The various web-cams that the Super Snake has been wired with, plus various other web-cameras standing in for cop cameras and surveillance cameras. Interestingly enough, one of the big complaints of the critics was the rapid-fire switching between regular film and web-cam footage in the action sequences and various web-cam-quality takes that appear unjustified in these montages.
  • Jitter Cam: The movie uses a lot of low-quality shaky camera shots and fast cuts.
  • Karma Houdini: The kidnapper was on the other side of the planet working through a Body Double. As the film ends, he gloats having successfully transferred a massive amount of money into his account.
  • Made of Iron: The Kid takes getting thrown out of a moving car in stride.
  • Magical Computer: The Kid's iPad pulls off feats that would be outright impossible for a mobile device.
  • Mugging the Monster: Even through The Kid was armed, Brent very easily subdues her and drags her into his car.
  • No Name Given: The carjacker is only referred to as "The Kid" while the kidnapper is only called "The Voice".
  • The Oner: The final car chase is one continuous take.
  • The Reveal: The car the kidnapper assigned Brent belonged to the Kid. She is the daughter of a bank C.E.O. The kidnapper steered them together to eventually try to frame them for robbing the bank while his mooks perform the real robbery.
  • Sinister Surveillance: The kidnapper is able to see, hear, and contact Brent at anytime, preventing him from getting help from the authorities.
  • Smokescreen Crime: The Voice's true crime [[spoiler:is to have Brett's antics serve as a distraction to police, having them set up roadblocks all over the city to allow his men access to the one road left out of town.
  • Toyota Tripwire: The Kid does this to a mook on a motorcycle.
  • Wrench Wench: The Kid is this, with her computer skills coming in handy plenty during the film proper and her casually mentioning her tinkering with the Super Snake's engine (after Brent throws it all off-whack with his stunt driving).
  • Would Hit a Girl: The kidnapper's mooks unnecessarily beat the shit out of Brent's wife while capturing her. In her captivity, they rough her up a lot.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Discussed. The Kid suggests to Brent that the kidnapper will just kill them all after they complete his objectives.