A Perfect Getaway – Movie Review


A Perfect Getway is a thriller movie set in Hawaii where a young couple Cliff and Cydney played by Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich are celebrating their honeymoon.  They learn of a secluded beach deep in the island which is only accessible by a long trek, looking for adventure the couple decide they are going to hike to the beach with the vision of paradise firmly in their mind.

Along the way they meet up a two couples, two hitchhikers called Cleo and Kale played by Marley Shelton and Chris Hemsworth, who ask Cliff and Cydney for a lift but things don’t go to smoothly and they go their separate ways. They also meet up with Jedi Master and ex military man Nick played by Timothy Olyphant and his Girlfriend Gina played by Kiele Sanchez, who they decide to walk the trail with after Nick saves Cydney from falling off a ledge.  At the start of their trek to the idyllic beach they meet some tourists along the way who inform them of a murdering couple who are at large in the area and they have to decide if they want to go back to the mainland or continue their trek to paradise.  It’s here that A Perfect Getaway begins to ramp up the tension and suspense are any of the two couples they have met the killers or is it someone else they should be worried about.

A Perfect Getaway has a few things in its favor, the location shots are great and because we don’t all live in paradise it’s always interesting to see it on the big screen.  Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich go pretty well together and they seem like a couple, but its Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez who steal the show.  The story does twist and wind but there are some genuine hairy moments here, the direction by David Twohy who also wrote the script is good at creating suspense and there are some nice visual shots in here but they sometimes sacrifice the understanding of the situations, which is most likely intentional but still annoying at times.

Overall i thought A Perfect Getaway was a sharp well paced thriller with some nice plot twists and some interesting red herrings, i do want to watch the movie again now and will most likely check it out when it arrives on DVD. If you like tropical locations, some brain tickling to try and figure out whats going on and a good cast then check out A Perfect Getaway, it doesn’t do anything amazing but provides a solid entertaining movie.