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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Updated on October 13, 2011

The Perfect Getaway or Is it?

What starts off as a perfect romantic honeymoon, turns quickly into a race for survival. "A Perfect Getaway" is essentially a horror/thriller, about a newly wed couple, Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich), on their honeymoon and having a good time...that is until they're happy vacation turns quickly into a race for survival, after hearing about a series of murders on the radio, then being confronted by two other couples. Both seemingly harmless at first, but gradually starts to raise suspicion. As they're driving down the road they meet a young attractive girl, Cleo (Marley Shelton), whom asks for a ride. They're obliged to do so, at first, until they see her boyfriend, Kale (Chris Hemsworth), whom has the meek appearance of a criminal as Cliff and Cydney immediately don't trust him. Thus, blowing off Cleo's plea, as this causes tension throughout the film, as Cleo and Kale start to follow them. Kale constantly confronting Cliff through intimidation, for blowing him off earlier, during their various encounters. If that's not enough, then our young couple meet Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez), both whom seem innocent and hospitable to keep them company. Unfortunately, various events happen that caused the viewer to at one point question their motives as well, as Nick seems to have a deep obsession with knives and gory war stories, that leaves the viewer at a constant state of suspicion. Plus, Gina is no better herself as she's highly skeptical of Cydney's life. Indeed, tension runs high for our newlyweds. The film presents an interesting concept as it keeps the viewer shrouded in mystery on who to trust, while creating a dark modern film noir element to it. Unfortunately, it takes it too far. As the film becomes so heavily focused creating an uneasy atmosphere to create tension among the supporting characters, it quickly starts to shift the attention onto the main characters Cliff and Cydney, to where the audience is not too sure to even trust them. Then only later to having to unravel all the character development that was built up, to establish a plot twist to try to pull one over on the audience. As it seems, none of the characters are far from suspicion. It was an incredible concept, but it just doesn't work too well as it tears apart the character development that was established in two thirds of the film. Only to get a rushed quick character development, towards the end, for the secret twist ending to make any sense. A very disappointing film to say the least.


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