A Perfect Getaway
Review by Jack Foley
TOURISTS in peril are nothing new to movies but it’s worth taking a trip with this latest offering because of its fun mix of jaw-dropping scenery and genre-bending action-adventure.
David Twohy’s film plays well on established conventions and throws in a couple of neat twists, as well as benefiting from its stunning choice of location and a top-notch ensemble cast.
The film picks up as Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) celebrate their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful, and remote, beaches on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Kauai.
While hiking the wild, secluded trails, however, they come across a group of frightened hikers discussing the murder of another newlywed couple on another of the islands and begin to question whether they should turn back.
They’re persuaded to go on by the presence of a second couple (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez), who then begin to act strangely… while a third, more menacing couple hover along the sidelines.
Twohy’s film has fun toying with conventions and displays a knowing sense of its own absurdity at times. Yet it also succeeds in playing its cards close to its chest and is suitably muscular when it comes to the blood-letting.
For sure, the story doesn’t hold up to intense scrutiny afterwards (and it’s fair to say Twohy employs a couple of cheats along the way) but you can’t fail to be impressed with the choice of location or the performances from its principal players.
Olyphant, in particular, revels in the ambiguity afforded to his extrovert former soldier, while Zahn and Jovovich convince as the increasingly paranoid couple who can’t seem to stop making bad choices.
The end result is a holiday thriller that’s as trashily enjoyable as a good pulp novel, which marks Twohy’s first really good film since Pitch Black. Go with the flow and you’re sure to have plenty of fun.
Running time: 97mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: January 18, 2010
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