Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Perfect Getaway

A Perfect Getaway 2009
Director: David Twohy
Writer: David Twohy
Starring Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton, Chris Hemsworth and Dale Dickey

David Twohy is one of the most solid and dependable genre filmmakers working today and whenever he does a film I seek it out. He never fails to make a ripping good film. A Perfect Getaway is his latest film and it is a suspense thriller with a killer twist that could really show something to M. Night Shamayalan. The film has a leisurely pace and takes it's time to set up the conflict in the story and that's what makes the film so gripping, as you actually feel and sympathize with the characters. The film has a solid cast and a beautiful location that Twohy definitely takes advantage of. The film also has some excellent scares and has some really grueling gore scenes. Once the film gets to the twist in the last 20 minutes of the film really grabs a hold of you and does not let go till the gripping finale. The film really has a Hitchcockian feel to it and is definitely one of the best thrillers I have seen in a long time.
The plot basics are this, Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are on their honeymoon and go to a very secluded and tropical island paradise for their honeymoon. They run into 2 different couples, Kale (Hemsworth) and Cleo (Shelton) and Nick (Olyphant) and Gina (Sanchez). Kale and Cleo seem to be a angry dysfunctional couple and Nick and Gina , a crazy and unorthodox couple. While they are on their honeymoon they discover that there is a murder spree going on at the island. It seems that honeymooners are being stalked and brutally killed. Cliff and Cydney soon suspect one of the couples is behind the killings and they believe they are being stalked as their next victims. They need to stay aware now and make sure they do not fall prey to the killers.
This was a fantastic film. The direction by Twohy is amazing. The way he sets things up is flawless. He sets up the suspense and follows through expertly. The way he goes back and forth in the final act to show the viewer the hints that they may have missed is brilliant. His use of the beautiful location is done splendidly too. The best use is during the chase at the climax with the waterfalls and the jungle. The script is very smart and witty. All the characters are fully rounded and you sympathize with all of them. The character of Nick really carries the film. This was a story that the twist towards the end you never saw coming and that is what makes the execution of the story work so well. The cast is excellent. Olyphant is great, he is very amiable and personable but with somewhat of a dark side. Jovovich is brilliant too, she is very sexy and also very sly and industrious in the film. Zahn and Sanchez are great supporting actors to these two and really accentuate the tension and suspense of the film. The SFX and effects are amazing. My personal favorite was the brutal hand disfigurement at the end. Also, the big girl fight sequence is another prime example of a great action sequence in this film. This is a film that anyone who likes a film that will keep you guessing should definitely checking out.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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