>> A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Title: A Perfect Getaway

Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zhan, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez

Director: David Twohy

Studio: Rogue Pictures

Runtime: 98 Minutes

In Theatres: August 7, 2009

MPAA Rating: R

Rating: 1.89 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C-

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"Nothing bad ever happens in Hawaii, right?"

Newly wed couple Cliff (played by Steve Zahn) and Cydney (played by Milla Jovovich) have decided to go to one beautiful Hawaii to celebrate their honeymoon. Could there be a better place to spend a honeymoon then on an island paradise? Probably not but when you figure in there being a killer on the loose that has killed a newlywed couple running around on the island then this island paradise has become an isolated area of mystery and chance of death. This doesn’t stop Cliff and Cydney from going on the long hike out in the empty wilderness of the island to reach the perfect sands and waves of the beach. Along the way they meet up with two more hikers, Nick (played by Timothy Olyphant) and his girlfriend Gina (played by Kiele Sanchez) who are out on the trail for their own reasons. Right from the get go both couples have heard about the murders that were committed on the other island and they are suspecting each other as being the killer.

That is the basic plot line of the story, same stuff you get from the trailer and the official descriptions given for the film, so I won't be telling anymore of the plot line because frankly it would give it away. What I will be talking about are the acting of the actors and the flow of the film. Going into this movie I was really excited about seeing it, I had been talking to people about how it looked so good, and even as I stood outside the theater as people were going in I talked to a few about how this just had to be a good movie. When I walked out of the theater I was let down because this film was nothing like I was expecting it to be.

First off the acting is about sub-par for the whole cast, aside from Kiele Sanchez because I've only seen her on one show that ironically enough was a show with her on another exotic island but I was not thrilled with her short lived acting on that show. With Steve Zhan I'm more used to seeing him in roles that have a comedy side for him and I think that's his best fit for a character. This character of Cliff of him playing a guy that is a happy newlywed that is supposed to be terrified for his life as some mystery killer is on the loose was not for him. He didn't play it that well; it seemed like he wanted to be that guy but just couldn't figure out how to do it.
As for the other actors like Timothy Olyphant who is a good actor but only gets to play the same character over and over again, this was just one more of the same for him. His character of Nick who is supposed to be the really tough guy that has the bad guy side to him is the same character he seems to play for all his movies. Milla Jovovich is her typical self with the angry looking face even when she is supposed to be happy, why I don't know but it didn't fit here in this movie.

If it weren’t for Timothy Olyphant this movie would have been horrible. The plot is good but the execution of it was poorly done. After the long long time of the character development, meeting up with the other couple, and finding out about the murders and deciding to go on, the movie had been on for way too long. What should have been done within the first 30 minutes of the movie was done in the first hour of the movie. Being that the movie is only 1 hour and 38 minutes long and is supposed to be a thriller/suspense movie and so far there had been no thrills or suspense in it, this was not turning out well. It should not have taken that long to have these character walking around talking to each other and that's what you get for almost the whole movie, some simple, thoughtless, dialog between these characters that could have been done in minutes instead.

By the time the action does happen it was too late to help the movie out. I had become bored with the film and that disappointed me because I like Steve Zhan, Milla Jovovich, and Timothy Olyphant. Not one time did I see a point in the movie that makes it a thriller and worse yet suspenseful. When there was action happening it was too little too late. The only time I enjoyed what I was seeing was at the very beginning when I still had illusion that it was going to be good and then the last scene of the film because it was the only good dialog the film had. What happened in the making of this where they left out all the real action, suspense, thrills and decent dialog I don't know but because it was this ended up being one long boring movie.

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A Perfect getaway

This movie was great. You were completly amazed at the turn of events!

A Perfect Getaway

I was hoping the movie would kick into gear a lot sooner, but for almost an entire movie, couples just yap yap about nothingness. It's not until the very end of the movie when it would get interesting. The movie is only good for the last 15 minutes or so.

Almost perfect

Slow in the beginning to introduce the characters, but quick to finish the journey. The only problem is once you know the ending of the movie, some of the stories didn't really fit into the grand scheme. Otherwise, acting is good, especially Zahn playing 2 profiles. Olymphant is also good bringing some light comedy into a tensed situation. Jovovich, she does look angry, I guess after years of playing evil science fictional character, but she did tried to lighten up for the first half of the movie, being a happy and adventurous newlywed. Sanchez's character, i just could not figure it out. At first she was some tough nature girl who could handle anything, in the end, she was some scardy cat who could not use a knife to hit where it counts. And for a nature girl, she sure wore a lot of make up and red lipstick.

A Perfect Getaway

A movie of misdirections whose final culmination was not satisfing.If you were awake at about 1 hour mark the marvelous transformation from placid to killer couple was not convincing.

At least the scenery is interesting

Plot is too predictable right from the beginning, easy to figure out what is going on, too much like "Harper's Island" meets Hawaii. Thanks Shakefire for the screening.

A Perfect Getaway

A little slow in the beginning but ended up liking it a lot. Especially the twist at the end.

I got to see the premier last

I got to see the premier last week and the movie was just average. the ending of the movie was very predictable to me. But after saying this it is worth one, maybe two times.

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