A Perfect Getaway

A Perfect Getaway

Undemanding and entertaining - Lorraine

10 Points

Viewer Rating:Lorraine has rated A Perfect Getaway rating: 2 Star

A Perfect Getaway is a forgettable but entertaining thriller set in Hawaii about a honeymooning couple who become convinced that they are the next victims of brutal killers who seem to be targeting newlyweds. Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are happily trekking to an unspoiled beach when they learn about the grisly murders of another newlywed couple on a neighbouring island. They soon begin to suspect everyone around them, including tattooed drifters Cleo (Marley Shelton) and Kale (Chris Hemsworth) and their newfound friends Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez). A Perfect Getaway is desperately trying to be an intelligent, always-keep-the-audience-guessing thriller but really, it's just likeable schlock. The preposterous twist in the story may divide audiences because although I loved it, I can understand if others feel cheated by the many plot holes that appear in the final third of the film. The film rests heavily on the shoulders of Steve Zahn as the seemingly meek screenwriter Cliff and he is unfortunately quite unconvincing in the role. For the most part however the acting in A Perfect Getaway is passable- Milla Jovovich is surprisingly effective as the apparently naïve Cydney and Timothy Olyphant steals every scene as an OTT former soldier who may or may not be telling some tall tales. A Perfect Getaway is by no means flawless but it's an undemanding little summer thriller that's perfect viewing for a lazy afternoon.

Review published on the 21 August 2009 22:53


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