Getaway (2020) Movie Review

Director: Lane Toran

Writer: Jaclyn Betham, Lane Toran (Screenplay)

Starring: Jaclyn Betham, Scout Taylor-Compton, Landry Allbright, Lane Toran, Noah Lowdermilk, Jamil Walker Smith

Plot: Tamara Miller has planned a weekend lake getaway with her lifelong two best friends. When she gets kidnapped by a backwoods cult, eerie and unexplained occurrences arise. Will she make it out alive or become the treasure of these deranged lunatics?

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Twist of Abduction Horror

Story: Getaway starts as Tamara (Betham) is joining her two best friends Maddy (Taylor-Compton) and Brooke (Allbright) for a girls weekend at a lake house, as they look to party, Tamara finds herself abducted by Merv (Toran), Kib (Lowdermilk) and Pa (Caudell) who look to do the lord’s work, only things start to spiral out of control when Tamara claims to be a witch, summoning the previous victims to get their revenge on the men.

Thoughts on Getaway

Characters – Tamara is the friend that arrives last to the lake house, she is in the middle of a maybe relationship with a police officer, but for now is looking for a weekend with friends, drinks and party. The first night she gets taken by some men, with her survival plan to pretend to be a witch, and use the men’s beliefs to get the upper hand on them. Maddy and Brooke are the two best friends that are here to enjoy a party as they go in search for their friend. Merv, Kib and Pa are the men that take Tamara, they believe they are doing the Lord’s work and have been doing for a long time.

PerformancesJaclyn Betham in the leading role is the strongest part of the film, she keeps her character strong despite the situation she is in. When it comes to Scout Taylor-Compton and Landry Allbright, they are solid in the supporting roles without needing to do as much as Jaclyn. The rest of the cast fill the roles you are expecting from their characters with ease.

StoryThe story here follows three friends that go on a girls trip, only to find one abducted by locals that have been taken women for years for the lord’s work. This is a story that does seem to be going down a generic direction, only for it to take a big turn and feeling a lot fresher that it seemed like it would. Both the villainous figures and Tamara are created to be a lot deeper than a lot of horrors, with motivations for what is happening. This is a smart story for horror, one that should be enjoyed by all.

HorrorThe horror in this film comes from what the men want to do to Tamara, only to spin the hauntings onto all the characters.

SettingsThe film takes us to the off the track location, to show how the lunatics are operating where they can’t be caught.

Special EffectsThe effects are the used to show injuries with hauntings happening too.

Scene of the Movie – 16 seconds.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Officer Jerry’s involvement in the search.

Final Thoughts This is a smart horror that does a spin what we might have been expected well to give us something fresh to enjoy.

Overall: Fresh Spin Horror.

Getaway (2013)

logoDirector: Courtney Solomon

Writer: Sean Finegan, Gregg Maxwell Parker (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne


Plot: To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man.


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Verdict: Cars, Cars and More Cars


Story: We start full on when our hero arrives home to find that his wife has been kidnapped. He receives a phone call telling him a set number of tasks and rules he has to follow to get her back alive. He gets put tested with his driving skills with daring chases around the city before being attempted jacked by a teenage girl, who turns out to be the owner of the car. The two are not left to continue the tasks set by the man on the phone and we have to see what the man wants and watch the two figure out who the man is.paitr

As a film about just driving at high speeds this is pretty solid, but when it comes to an actual story well you should be able to work out what is happening very early on. It offers very little in words of originality but as an ABC action thriller it really does come off very nice. Just forget about any dialogue and acting. Don’t expect a masterpiece; just go to enjoy yourself as the story will unfold for you. (6/10)


Actor Review


Ethan Hawke: Brent former racer who turned getaway driving, who gets pushed into completing a set of tasks to get his kidnapped wife back. Ethan shows off all his driving skills and none of his acting skills here. (4/10)


Selena Gomez: The Kid it’s her car they have to complete the tasks in and in time we find out she is more important to what is going on than first thought. Selena tries to breakout from the child actor curse and fails, but at least she gave it a go. (4/10)


Jon Voight: The Voice the man pulling the strings, making our hero go through all the tasks but he does have a bigger plan in place. Jon while only playing the voice over he grabs our attention with his instructions. (6/10)


Support Cast: Mainly the cops who can’t drive we don’t really meet too many supporting characters that are on screen of any time.


Director Review: Courtney Solomon – Courtney goes a solid direction for action but fails to grab our attention with any story. (5/10)


Action: Pretty much nonstop car chases, which all work nicely. (9/10)

Thriller: The chases do get more exciting as the film unfolds making you want to see what they will do next. (7/10)

Settings: The tight streets make for great setting but no iconic landmarks. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try if you like your action, it won’t involve you needed to think too much, just switch off and enjoy. (Try It)


Best Part: Power planet escape.

Worst Part: Lack of dialogue.

What Could Have Been Better? – Deeper story, character development.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10 Million

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline:  Get in. Get out. Getaway.

Trivia: There is no CGI in any of the car crash scenes


Overall: Today on the way out wacky races Ethan Hawke and Disney’s Selena Gomez

Rating 55