Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A clever thriller that's grittier, livelier and weirder than most.
Steve Zahn ... Cliff
Timothy Olyphant ... Nick
Milla Jovovich ... Cydney
Kiele Sanchez ... Gina
Marley Shelton ... Cleo
Chris Hemsworth ... Kale
Anthony Ruivivar ... Chronic
Dale Dickey ... Earth Momma
A Perfect Getaway
A nerdy screenwriter Cliff (Steve Zahn "Employee of the Month") and his wife Cydney (Milla Jovovich "Resident Evil") have just arrived in Kauai, Hawaii for their honeymoon when they hear about a recent murder of newlyweds
on the secluded island. Suspecting a white-trash couple (Chris Hemsworth "Star Trek" and Marley Shelton "American Dreamz"), they befriend another couple (Timothy Olyphant "Stop-Loss" and Kiele Sanchez "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"),
who seem nice enough despite some ominous signals that they, too, might just
have homicidal tendencies.
Writer/Director David Twohy ("The Chronicles of Riddick") keeps us interested by continuously adding ridiculous red herrings while keeping us guessing as to
who's targeting our heroes, but he does manage to find inventive ways to mess with
our expectations, whether it's by supplying a bizarre backstory monologue
or dishing up dark humor at the unlikeliest of occasions. But naturally, the story's Big Twist is reliably around the next turn, culminating in a
no-holds-barred battle to the death that's a lot cleverer and more physical than the usual.
AlthoughA Perfect Getaway is hardly great, it's often grittier, livelier and weirder than most thrillers these days. And that's probably good enough to keep you entertained.