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A Perfect Getaway (Theatrical/Unrated Director's

Mystery & Suspense movie directed by David Twohy

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5* B-movie in 2* packaging

  • Jan 10, 2010
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We almost didn't rent this since it sounded like it could be a slasher pic along the lines of Touristas, which ranks in the top 2 hours of sick voyeuristic snuff I've ever seen. But this has some stars attached, and I'm fairly shallow in that way. So here goes:

"Two couples are trekking in a remote island location where psychos are stalking and brutally murdering couples."

As Eddie Izzard once observed about B-movie characters, "Don't they listen to the music?". Don't they wonder why it's called the Forest of Death and Blood? Pretty much all the character have had their common sense glands removed, and do something incredibly stupid in almost every scene. Even after the 'reserved screenwriter hero' stops to pick up psycho hitchhikers - a "wow, my IQ just dropped" moment - then everyone is armed to the teeth with knives, axes and stabby things - and nobody thinks this is very weird. Or alarming. Like I would.

The most irritating flaw in the film is the post-modern self-aware screenplay discussion that goes on, Tarantino-esque, but in a way that the average audience member doesn't care about or understand. If music had verses explaining the structure, it would be strange enough, but for a film to talk about its own Act 2 twist, Act 3 reversal and bad guy cliches is grating and unnecessary. That said, it does signal the supposedly "big twist" that happens at the beginning of Act 3. The big twist is about as improbable as you can imagine and leaves a whole pile of threads undone. 

The final 30 minutes must have seen the arrival of LSD in the editing booth, since the style moves from scene-cut-scene-cut to cut-cut-overlay-cut-cut-overlay-cut-cut-cut. There are some pretty gory moments in between, and plenty of random one-page characters who get clean shots to the head (an accuracy that is mysteriously lost when the bad guy tries to shoot our heroes).

Anyway, all-in-all it's a very good B-movie but shows the chasm between B and A that still exists. Even though I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon, I'm now recommending against it based upon the crazed killers that stalk the islands and the incompetent police who shoot people from helicopters. It was missing two vital B-movie ingredients, however - dumb-but-attractive teenagers trying to make out and find somewhere to do the bad thing, and then the subsequent gruesome deaths of said teenagers who are always punished in the Puritanical rules of B-movie slasher folklore.

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January 10, 2010
nice review! I actually liked some of the dialogue (Jedi Warrior LOL) and appreciated its campy appeal BUT some areas of the movie didn't work I have to admit. I was happy with the rental, but won't be adding it to my collection.
January 10, 2010
I enjoyed the surprisingly humorous side to the film and Milla does 'totally crazy' really well. There were some ingenious clues to the final twist (like when he takes his glasses *off* to get a better look) and with a bit of a screenplay polish could have graduated into something really good. Btw, I did that trail on my Honeymoon and it was like Times Square on the side of a hill. No chance of solitude manslaughter there..!
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The good old B-movie flame burns bright inA 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 alsoPitch BlackandThe 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 ...
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Director: David Twohy
Screen Writer: David Twohy
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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