Friday, August 7, 2009

Movie Review: A Perfect Getaway

Written and directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick), this thriller may make you think twice about taking a trip to paradise. Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful and remote beaches in Hawaii. Along the way, they meet up with two other couples -- Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez), the offbeat Southerners -- and the mysterious Kale (Chris Hemsworth) and Cleo (Marley Shelton). But how can anyone enjoy the great scenery with news that murderers are on the lam -- and may have jumped over from another island? Could one of these couples possibly be responsible for such a horrific crime? And are they ready to strike again?

If you're looking for a thrill-ride, you'll need some patience. It takes nearly an hour before the real action kicks in. But once it does, you'll definitely be entertained with the twists and turns. And even if you figure things out on your own -- you'll surely look back and appreciate the slow build-up to the exciting conclusion. It may not be 'perfect,' but it's a smart thriller -- which is often hard to find. And it doesn't hurt that the acting is surprisingly good by all -- including Zahn, who usually is cast in more comedic roles (Sunshine Cleaning). [Rated R, opens today]

Grade: B


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1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen the movie, but if they'll present it on TV, I guess it's worthseeing.