I updated the gallery last night with screencaps of Chris in both the Director’s Cut and Theatrical versions A Perfect Getaway. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, you should definitely check it out. The cast is great, especially Timothy Olyphant, the locations are gorgeous, it’s nicely paced and is just all in all a pretty good little flick.
Beautiful people and an awe-inspiring landscape set the stage for this darn good action flick. “A Perfect Getaway” is a lean, 97-minute thriller where characters discuss writing for the movies and second-reel plot twists while kayaking with a secret killer and hiking alongside homicidal maniacs.
There is plenty of good cinema here, including arty camera work, gutsy images and a sequence of bleached black-and-white scenes midway that writer/director David Twohy employs to set the record straight. For in this tale of honeymooners stalked by bloodthirsty murderers, all is not what it appears to be.
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Writer/director David Twohy is not a household name, possibly because he sabotaged his own franchise (based on his Richard B. Riddick character, played by Vin Diesel) after the nifty Pitch Black â€” a small, unheralded monster movie â€” by following with the bloated The Chronicles of Riddick, an overblown mess that could have ended his career. Now, in an act of celluloid contrition, he takes us on A Perfect Getaway to prove he can still make a lot of movie with few resources.
Twohy follows newlyweds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) on a hike along a popular nature trail in Hawaii. They meet other people along the trail, including Nick and Gina (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez), and the shadowy Kale and Cleo (Chris Hemsworth and Marley Shelton). The nerdy Cliff is having enough problems erecting his tent in a downpour and defending his masculinity from Nick, a macho former special ops soldier, when they hear a bulletin from Honolulu: A man and woman have been brutally murdered and the authorities suspect â€” you guessed it â€” that the psycho killers may be trying to escape over the trail. Cliffâ€™s paranoia shifts into high gear. Could the killers be Nick and Gina, whose idea of dinner includes skinning a mountain goat, or Kale and Cleo, the ominous psychotic couple stalking them?
Continue reading A Perfect Getaway: A Masterful Thriller
This sort of plot generally inspires films that go straight to DVD under titles such as I Eat Your Guts or Holiday on Blood Island . Desperate for loot to pay for a prolapsed boob job, some former Melrose Place star turns up as one half of a couple honeymooning in a supposed Hawaiian paradise. Before they find time to break out the sun cream, news emerges that a pair of motiveless killers are chopping up innocent visitors by the score. The climactic bloody mess fails to save dying careers and they all go back to their jobs in shopping television. You know the sort of thing.
Well, A Perfect Getaway (nice title, incidentally) is a slightly classier piece of work. The stars arenâ€™t exactly A-list, but nor are they people who expect to be sleeping in their cars anytime soon.
Continue reading A Perfect Getaway review by The Irish Times
As soon as the credits started to roll for A Perfect Getaway, my immediate thought was “I need to watch this film again to determine if I really like it or not.” With so much mistrust in the movie, it was as if I started mistrusting the film’s portrayal on how good it really was.
Translation: A Perfect Getaway will only be as good as its ability to cover its misleading tracks well. If it truly presents an air tight script & plot, then this movie could really make a case as one of the best releases this year so far. It had a solid balance of suspense, thrills, comedy, and romance, sprinkled with just enough distractions to keep you guessing who’s the murderers, and who’s the victims. Otherwise, holes and inconsistencies could potentially be a killer. Pun intended.
Continue reading A Perfect Getaway, for killers that is
David Twohy is a veteran of Hollywood genre fare, having tried his hand as screenwriter or writer-director on thrillers of all stripesâ€”on land (The Fugitive, G.I. Jane), by sea (Below, Waterworld), and from outer space (Pitch Black, The Chronicles Of Riddick, The Arrival). He rarely does more than deliver on expectations, but he knows the conventions of genre material enough to exploit them to clever effect. Twohyâ€™s latest effort, A Perfect Getaway, is akin to a magician doing a trick with all the cards face up, asking the audience to trust what they see while he pulls one over on them anyway. Even if you know whatâ€™s coming, itâ€™s a neat bit of meta-thriller filmmaking, as much about the mechanics of storytelling as a reasonably satisfying example of it.
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A Perfect Getaway hits theaters today, so if you have an opportunity to see it this weekend, please feel free and send in your thoughts in a mini-review (no spoilers, please) and I’ll post them on the site. I’m hoping to go and see it with a friend this weekend, but her schedule is a bit busy, so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it or not. If we do though, I’ll be sure and post my thoughts on it. 🙂
With a deliberately camp sensibility that nods, winks and repeatedly jabs at the audience, A Perfect Getaway succeeds mainly at being a perfectly terrible but wholly entertaining B-movie experience. Sure, the tension and mysteries unfold like a particularly masterful and violent episode of Scooby Doo, with a five-minute explanation scene to boot, but this tale of a honeymooning couple in peril offers up laughs, scares and jocose scenarios with an engaging construct of audience manipulation and awareness.
Things start with newlyweds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) touring around Hawaii, discovering the sights and experiences. Despite an uncomfortable encounter with white trash couple Kale and Cleo (Chris Hemsworth and Marley Shelton), the pair trek on to take a multi-day journey to a secluded beach the locals rave about.
Continue reading The Cove review of A Perfect Getaway
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.
Continue reading USA Today review of A Perfect Getaway
A Perfect Getaway might be far from perfect, but itâ€™s good enough to be considered one of this summerâ€™s biggest out-of-left-field surprises. A twisty thriller that will keep most audience members alternately on their toes and on the edge of their seats, this feels like a classic case of a B movie showing its more heavily hyped A-list competition how to get the job done with little fuss or fanfare.
A Perfect Getaway is set in Hawaii, but forget Sarah Marshall: Despite some humor spicing up the picture at regular intervals, this mostly shows how Paradise on Earth can quickly morph into a living hell, as news spreads around the islands about how a newlywed couple was gruesomely murdered by another couple who got away. Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich), newlyweds themselves, are determined not to let this disturbing information disrupt their honeymoon, which consists of hoofing it through remote Hawaiian terrain. Largely to steer clear of a menacing couple (Chris Hemsworth and Marley Shelton) giving off that Natural Born Killers vibe, they hook up with another pair (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez) whose own peculiarities (outlandish Iraq War tales, a glee in skinning and gutting wild animals) quickly unnerve them. Is it possible that Cliff and Cydneyâ€™s new friends are the actual killers?
A key scene about two-thirds through the movie is overplayed and in effect makes it easier to guess the major plot pirouette. Yet even those who pick up on the forthcoming twist should enjoy this picture for its other merits, including the shifting dynamics between the characters, some memorable fight sequences, and the manner in which writer-director David Twohy (whose finer moments include co-scripting The Fugitive and serving as writer-director on Pitch Black) plays with audience expectations. A Perfect Getaway will strike some as being too clever for its own good, but others (like me) will view it as an escape from the late-summer doldrums.