A perfect getaway seemed like any old B-movie horror, but is actually pretty good. A Perfect Getaway is a thriller directed by David Twohy and starring Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant.
Young couple Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are celebrating their honeymoon by hiking to a remote beach in Hawaii. They have an awkward run-in from a couple of hitch-hikers who choose not to get in the car after the man of the couple takes offence to Cliff. After meeting another couple, Nick (Olyphant) and Gina (Keile Sanchez), the couples decide to stick together while hiking through the wood. Nick reveals himself to be a soldier and tells his tales of woe to the group the whole way to the beach. News of murders in the area makes them nervous, but they continue regardless. After another, more aggressive, meeting with the hitch-hikers, they start to think they may be the killers. Then when Nick and Gina start to act suspicious, they begin to think that they are the killers, which leads the film into a mystery of who the killer could be. The rest of the film includes them discovering the killers and running from, and a great twist which i won’t reveal.
The film is all together a pretty good film for what looked like another generic thriller film. The acting is very good with Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich doing a great job as the main couple, and Timothy Olyphant gives an awesome performance as the soldier nick, whos stories get more and more exaggerated and gruesome, much more different when first met, before this he seemed a decent guy. Nicks girlfriend Gina played by Keile Sanchez, is OK but her accent is unbearable and really puts you off as it truly is annoying.
The film is very well written into not giving away the twist. The twist comes around 20 minutes before the end of the film, but it is extremely easy to work out after the first half hour. I worked out the twist very early on in the film and i’m sure allot of people will get it early on too. It is well written though because even though you know the twist, the film makes you second guess along the way with little clues such as Gina being able too slaughter a goat with ease, or the hitch-hikers having teeth in a case. The plot is easy to follow and the couples are each given a great back-story. Also their is not only one twist but a few that will make you think back to earlier in the film and that is what makes this film above generic standard.
Overall, A Perfect Getaway is an entertaining thriller with good twists even if they can be seen coming a mile off. Good acting and characters with decent story-lines, makes it a great movie for a night in. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries and i would recommend it to any age group above the age of 12 because the thing about the film is that there isn’t much gore of swearing in the film.