Submitted by Lee Roberts on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 11:39PM
"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.
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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