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Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez star in this gripping suspense-thriller about an island vacation that turns deadly. Honeymooners Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are hiking a jungle trail to a remote Hawaiian beach when they hear that police have uncovered a grisly murder scene and the suspected killers are somewhere nearby. Unsure whether to stay or flee, the pair joins two other couples and things start to go horribly wrong. Far from civilization, a brutal battle for survival begins where danger lurks along every twist of the path and no one is who they seem. From director David Twohy comes the suspenseful film critics call, “a clever, heart-pounding thriller” (Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle).
The good old B-movie flame burns bright in A Perfect Getaway, David Twohy's rip-snorting guessing game about a vacation gone very, very bad. It must have sounded nice in the planning stages: an isolated honeymoon trek to a remote beach on Kauai, with nothing but backpacks, Hawaiian breezes, and the occasional pleasant encounter with a fellow wayfarer on the hiking trail. That was the plan for newlyweds Cliff and Cydney, anyway, before a shocking murder in Honolulu, the night before the hike, raised the red flag of suspicion. What we're left with is six couples on a lonely trail in paradise, a murderer (but probably two murderers), and a great deal of anxiety. Cliff and Cydney are played by Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich; Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez are a pair of friendly but vaguely disturbing trailmates; Chris Hemsworth and Marley Shelton are a downright creepy couple who won't go away. Twohy has a knack for infectious concepts (see also Pitch Black and The Arrival) and this one is grabby; he's also got a mysterious ability to play the premise straight yet somehow have a great deal of fun with it (for instance, there's much trail talk about the rules of screenwriting, which comes across as playful rather than clumsily self-conscious). The casting works, even if it's difficult for Milla Jovovich to seem in danger from anybody else in the world. Timothy Olyphant is the standout, as a former Special Ops soldier whose survival skills are impressive-bordering-on-scary. Although the film is undeniably built as a whodunit, worry less about the big "reveal" than about having a good time with fun pulp material. Come to think of it, though, the reveal is well played too. --Robert Horton
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A taught thriller with a wonderful twist, this has it all: lush, tropical locations, tension, fear, and danger. Timothy Olyphant (of Deadwood and Justified) shines in his role.
A great film for fans of Hitchcock.
These characters are so well written that you begin to think you can get into their heads. The cinematography, of course, is outrageously gorgeous, the director has an edge-of-your-seat pace and a "guessing 'til the very end" about who is the murderer, and a killer script. Everything comes together in this movie to make it a very watchable 5-Star film! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
A Perfect Getaway is in my opinion one of the best overlooked films of the past twenty years. Perfectly cast with Steve Zahn displaying the range of his estimable talents, Milla Jovovich whose action roles frequently make critics blind to what an accomplished actress she truly is, as well as being a force of nature when the scene requires it, Timothy Olyphant who never fails to deliver a powerful performance, and Kiele Sanchez who is spot on as a Southern girl from Savanna Georgia. A pre Thor Chris Hemsworth makes an appearance as a questionable character on the same trail with his beautiful girlfriend Cleo, played by Marley Shelton. David Twohy, as Writer and Director, ratchets up the suspense but keeps it fast paced, the movie never drags as you are left wondering who is who on this hike up The Kalalau Trail, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the beautiful mountains of Kauai, Hawaii. It wasn't a flop at the box office around the world but it wasn't the success I feel a movie of this quality deserved. If you want a wonderfully written psychological thriller, with great actors, and stunning scenery, A Perfect Getaway may become one of your favorite films as well.
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