For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.
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For every original, innovative movie out there, there must be hundreds of copies. A Perfect Getaway is one of hundreds. It is not original or ground-breaking in any way. That is ok, and I'm confident most will rate the film as such: "It's OK."
It's interesting to see Milla Jovovich racking up different, but indifferent film roles. I'm so used to seeing her kicking Resident Evil a%& every couple years. Another MIA actor who pops up here is the often underestimated Steve Zahn. Kiele Sanchez and Timothy Olyphant round out the foursome.
The film ultimately overextends itself, tries too hard to be something it's not. We follow a newly married couple, Jovovich and Zahn, on their honeymoon into the adventurous hiking trails of the Hawaiian Islands. Word reaches them of a manhunt for a murderous duo, man and woman, roaming the islands and axing newlyweds. Tension brews as our couple crosses paths with two other suspicious couples, one of them played by Olyphant and Sanchez. It's a "who-dunnit" from here on out as the plot boils to a rather interesting twist. Unfortunately, the movie's pace screeches to a halt as the filmmakers decide to take several minutes to overexplain the twist.
It's hard enough to sell a twist to moviegoers. Just ask M.Night Shyamalan. Why shoot yourself in the foot? Whoops.
Still, the movie is enjoyable, but enough to justify a $11 ticket.
Newly weds (Zahn and Jovovich) find that they get more than they bargained for on their honeymoon in Hawaii. A couple was killed in the area they are in. They start to expect that the killers might be the couple they're traveling with (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez).
The movie gets silly and hard to believe in the last half hour. Yet....that last half hour was very exciting even if it didn't work entirely. I always thought that Olyphant had star potential. He didn't show it in Hitman or Live Free or Die Hard but he showed it here. He was awesome and steals the show easily as a former soldier who's a little off his rocker. G.I Joe came out the same day and is slaughtering this movie at the Box Office. However, A Perfect Getaway is worth checking out a lot more than G.I Joe though.
This turned out to be a pretty good flick in my book.
The cast is intriguing and captivating as you try to figure out who dunnit. Then you add the scenery of Hawaii and you have a very pleasant combo.
Starts out with Mila Jovavich(spelled wrong so what) and Steve Zahn going on their honeymoon in Hawaii and soon after they embark on their journey into newlywed bliss they discover that there are murders on the loose and that everyone they encounter could be the killers.
I will not give away the twist but i must say i didn't see it coming.....and it works like a well oiled machine. Pretty nice i do say.
I gave this film 4 outta 5 stars because i love all the actors and the twist works like a charm.
If you can go see this on the big screen before everyone else see's it and gives away the twist.
SEE THIS MOVIE!
A Perfect Getaway (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Vacations are supposed to be fun times. People pack up their troubles for a little rest and relaxation in an effort to get away from it all. Plans go astray for a young couple heading over to Hawaii in A Perfect Getaway, a not-so perfect thriller from Alliance Films now tensing folks up at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver cites across B.C.
Not since Magnum P.I. or even Hawaii Five-O have the Hawaiian Islands looked so appealing. Newlyweds Cliff and Cydney seem all lovey dove. Instead of going the usual tourist trap route the pair forsake the hustle and bustle of commercialized Waikiki for one of the less populated outer islands. Accessible only by helicopter it looks like our vacationers have found paradise. Well, not so fast.
Beauty has a price and while hiking the wilds a series of Ã¢â‚¬Å“incidentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ befalls our mainlanders. Teaming up with another couple the foursome navigate through the forest and fauna all the while fearing evildoers are out to get them. Fear strikes Cliff and Cyndney along with new friends Gina and Nick as something evil comes their way. Just what bad things are about to befall them is part of the fun in this gorgeously shot movie directed and written by David T. Wohl (The Chronicles of Riddick).
Even Vancouver gets a mention here as the stakes become a bit more significant in this 98 minute thriller that does succeed in creating interesting characters. Comic Steve Zahn (Sunshine Cleaning) comes on strong as a mild-mannered newlywed with Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) his sexy wife. New found companions Nick and Gina receive good coverage from Kiele Sanchez (Mr. MagoriumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wonder Emporium) and Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard) who continues to grow as an actor in a performance here that sets him apart from his co-stars.
While it does take a long time for the danger to click in A Perfect Getaway does not stumble too much and does have enough gruesome mayhem near films end to make the wait worth while. And a few smart shifts leave you guessing as to who are the real criminals in this great advertisement for hiking on the Hawaiian Islands. Perhaps the only quibble here being some movie inside jokes that go on a bit too long and seem to have been added as character traits to move things along which bogs things down a bit.
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