I am a huge fan of thrillers. In fact, I have high standards set aside for this genre. Why you ask me? Thrillers are supposed to be thrilling: give you the chills, make your heart race, make you jump out of your seat (the more the better), raise the hair on the back of your neck, give you the goosebumps, and last but not least, even though you think you are ready for the next scare, a good thriller will always out-win you. Now if none of the above applies to a thriller you have just watched (with high expectations in my case), it would be nothing less of a catastrophe.
That was exactly what director David Twohy’s new thriller ‘A Perfect Getaway’ was. A minor catastrophe. Even with an ensemble of talented cast including the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Timothy Olyphant, Steve Zahn and Marley Shelton, the movie fails to achieve the ‘thrill factor’ quite miserably. Blame it on the sloppy direction and tasteless storyline.
The newlywed young couple Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are on their honeymoon in Hawaii where they come across two hitchhikers Cleo (Marley Shelton) and Kale (Chris Hemsworth) and get off to a bad start. Later, Cliff and Cydney learn from a group of hikers that a newlywed couple has been murdered and butchered in the island. While the killers are at larger, Cliff and Cydney contemplate whether they should head back when they joined another young couple, Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez). A long way away from civilization, they were left in the middle of nowhere in the company of each other, seeing one another as a threat and not knowing who to trust until a series of unfortunate events reveal one of the couples as the brutal killers. Pretty plain, don’t you think?
I had to admit, the director scores well with revealing the killers. In fact, that was the only high point of the whole movie. The pace of the unfolding story does not live up to a good thriller which mainly involves more or less of a guess game on ‘who are the killers’? While you contemplate yourself the likely killers, you’ll totally miss the thrill of it due to the blandness of the whole plot. Whatever happened to creating a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat while you are taken on a roller-coaster ride? Beats me.