Nothing spells honeymoon better than miles of gorgeous remote beaches â€” and terror, blood and guts.
In A Perfect Getaway, the path of true love takes a twisted turn when faced with the threat of psychopathic killers on the loose.
This is bona-fide B-movie stuff that hinges on red herrings â€” there’s even a discussion of red snappers vs. red herrings. Even in this exotic setting, Hollywood and screenwriting are topics of conversation. But beware of those who don’t know their movie terminology.
Once the surprise is out, the film grows clumsier and more gruesome, but it definitely has entertaining moments along the way.
Three attractive couples figure into the mystery. Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are on a Hawaiian honeymoon adventure. They decide to backpack to one of the most scenic and secluded spots in Kauai. En route they are stopped by a shaggy hitchhiking duo, the blonde and multi-pierced Cleo (Marley Shelton) and her roughneck boyfriend Kale (Chris Hemsworth).
Amid the waterfalls and lush foliage they meet a slightly more cleaned-up twosome, the tough-talking Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and later, his sunbathing Georgia transplant girlfriend Gina (Kiele Sanchez). They hike the remote trails together in the shadow of reports of a grisly murder an island away. The scuttlebutt is that the killers are either on â€” or headed to â€” Kauai.
The couples soldier on â€” Nick actually is a former soldier â€” which of course is what makes the experience silly fun for us viewers. If any of them sensibly turned back, what fun would that be?
Things get weird, especially in the final third, and there’s a bit of off-kilter psychobabble thrown in to try to explain the inexplicable. But all that really matters is that the couples’ idyllic paradise is lost.
A Perfect Getaway has its imperfections, but for a thriller of its kind, it’s a lively and slick summer escape.