Rating: Unrated and R
Directed by David Twohy
“Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez star in this gripping suspense-thriller about an island vacation that turns deadly. Honeymooners Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are hiking a jungle trail to a remote Hawaiian beach when they hear that police have uncovered a grisly murder scene and the suspected killers are somewhere nearby. Unsure whether to stay or flee, the pair joins two other couples and things start to go horribly wrong. Far from civilization, a brutal battle for survival begins where danger lurks along every twist of the path and no one is who they seem.”
“A Perfect Getaway (Unrated Director’s Cut)” is unrated. The theatrical version is rated R for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use.
The film has a strong cast. Steve Zahn as Cliff and Milla Jovovich as Cydney make an interesting couple. They’re the eyes and ears of the audience and when the big twist hits, they rather naturally shift gears. The same goes for Timothy Olyphant as Nick and Kiele Sanchez as Gina. They’re all good looking and have the right mix of crazy and toughness. That makes you eagerly anticipate the big final confrontation even though you’ve known it has been coming the entire time.
I’m a fan of David Twohy from “Pitch Black” and was looking forward to what he’d come up with here. He handles the action and suspense well. He also makes Kauai look incredible. My wife and I actually went on our honeymoon there and took a raft tour in the area all this takes place, so it was kind of funny to see again on the screen, but in a Hollywood thriller.
If you’re a fan of Zahn or Jovovich or if you’re just looking for a decent thriller, then “A Perfect Getaway” will fit the bill. You’ll definitely enjoy it more the less you know about it going in.
Unfortunately, they really skimped on the bonus features. There’s only one, and it’s an alternate ending. The only difference from the theatrical version is that this one paints the killer in a less positive light. It actually makes more sense as an ending considering everything that took place. If you’re looking for ‘making of’ featurettes or any other standard offerings, you’re out of luck.