By Dave Campbell | August 7, 2009
Director: David Twohy
Writer(s): David Twohy
Starring: Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton
A Perfect Getaway sees an adventure seeking young couple Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) who are in Hawaii celebrating their honeymoon backpacking to the most remotely beautiful beaches in the islands. Hiking through the wild, secluded trails, Cliff and Cydney think they are in complete paradise, until the couple come across a group of frightened female hikers discussing the gruesome murders of another couple of newlyweds just hours before their arrival. They now begin to question if they should just keep moving forward with their plans, or whether they should turn back.
Torn between continuing and fleeing, Cliff and Cydney meet up with two other couples along the path, the also newlywed Cleo (Marley Shelton) and Kale (Chris Hemsworth) and the non-committed couple Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez). This is where things begin to go horribly wrong. Miles from civilization or rescue, everyone begins to question the others intentions and nobody knows who they can trust. What starts as “a perfect getaway” becomes a struggle to stay alive.
To begin, some of the acting in the first two acts of the movie really threw me (specifics withheld to prevent spoilers). It’s not until the conclusion of the film that the reasoning of this delivery is warranted because of where the plot takes us. The dialog of the film is fairly decent and becomes humorous in the hands of Cliff played by Steve Zahn and Nick played by Timothy Olphant, with Olphant surprisingly holding the heavy end of the funny stick.
Despite a few character accents that seem to fade in and out (depending of the volume of delivery), the cast stay on par with the level of film that is presented, and maintain the angle of the story. Director David Twohy best known for writing/directing Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick as well as writing G.I. Jane and Waterworld, keeps good pacing in the film until the unraveling plot twist. The never ending black and white flashback that is meant to be the climax seems to drag on for ages and over states the gotcha moment that was intended.
A Perfect Getaway is a ridiculous meth trip of plot twist anticipation – but to be fair and completely honest, the film is engaging and entertaining on many levels even though a lot of the story setup is contrived and calculated. This holiday thrill trek ends up being not so much a dream vacation as it is an entertaining afternoon at the beach.