A Perfect Getaway

February 10th, 2010 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

Happy, attractive young newlyweds Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) travel to Hawaii for their honeymoon and decide to tackle a treacherous but beautiful track to a secluded beach.

On the way there they run into other holidaymakers, including a slightly scary former special forces soldier Nick (Olyphant) and his girlfriend Gina.

When the trail gets more difficult and soft-hearted screenwriter Cliff feels more out of his depth, the news from the mainland doesn’t help when it’s revealed a brutal serial killer is murdering young holidaymakers just like he and his wife.

Wanting nothing more than to ditch Nick and Gina but trying not to be realistic about it and, Cliff and Cydney try to stay calm as the enigmatic Nick appears to unravel a bit more every day.

It won’t really surprise you that there’s a huge twist the story revolves around, and the suckerpunch is revealed with little delicacy as a minute-long sequence lays out everything you thought you knew the way it actually happened. It’s handled a little clumsily but if you’re a fan of twist endings it’ll make you smile when you learn the extent of the secret.

Aside from the big reveal the film is well done. Pitch Black director Twohy makes good use of the jungle exteriors of Hawaii’s island of Kaui and he elicits a mood of menace and danger quite effectively.


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