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?
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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.
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Milla Jovovich has described her A Perfect Getaway co-star Chris Hemsworth as “the next big thing”.
Jovovich lines up with the Australian actor, who briefly appeared in this summer’s Star Trek and will lead the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, in this week’s thriller about couples being stalked by killers while on holiday.
Speaking to DS, Jovovich said that she already sees Hemsworth as a star in the making.
“Chris is amazing,” she said. “I was so happy they hired him, he’s really such a star in my head. He’s going to do so well. As soon as I saw him I said to the director, ‘Good choice, man!’
“He is the next big thing, a really great guy, very smart. He’s Australian and did a great American accent in this movie, he’s a very talented actor.”
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.
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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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Former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas will be reunited with her one-time love interest Chris Hemsworth after signing up to play a Wolverine in the remake of 1984 US war film Red Dawn.
The pair dated on and off the Summer Bay set until they broke up in June 2006 and both have since forged solid careers after moving to Hollywood.
The 24-year-old Lucas got her big break in Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, while Hemsworthâ€™s effort as Captain Kirkâ€™s dad in the latest Star Trek movie was solid enough for him to land the coveted role of the world’s most famous Thunder God in the big screen version of Thor.
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