A Perfect Getaway
|A Perfect Getaway|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Twohy|
|Produced by||Ryan Kavanaugh
|Written by||David Twohy|
|Music by||Boris Elkis|
|Editing by||Tracy Adams|
|Distributed by||Rogue Pictures|
|Release dates||August 7, 2009|
|Running time||Theatrical cut:
A Perfect Getaway is an American psychological thriller comedy film, written and directed by David Twohy, and stars Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez and Steve Zahn. The film was originally shot in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and was released on August 7, 2009 in the United States, and on August 12 in the United Kingdom. The film was a minor financial success.
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A young mild-mannered American couple, Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) are celebrating their marriage by hiking to a remote beach in Hawaii while on their honeymoon. The couple comes in contact with Nick (Olyphant), a solo hiker, who ends up saving Cydney's life when she slips while attempting to cross a narrow ledge. The trio approaches a group of frightened female hikers discussing a double murder in Honolulu of another newlywed couple on the island. The victims of the murder had their teeth pulled out and fingertips removed. Cydney and Cliff discuss whether they should turn back. The couple decides against it and continue hiking with Nick, who claims to be an Iraq War veteran. They subsequently meet up with his girlfriend, Gina (Sanchez).
Cliff suspects that the couple of hitchhikers that he and Cydney had earlier turned away that were requesting a ride Cleo (Shelton) and Kale (Hemsworth) could possibly be dangerous. He checks their bags after discovering that his and Cydney's permits are gone. Then, he, Cydney, Nick and Gina leave together, but Cliff suspects that Kale and Cleo are following them. Nick and Cliff split up to search for Kale and Cleo. Cliff runs into a guide that he and Cydney had met before setting off on their hike. The guide gives Cliff the permits they had left behind. He and Nick return to the campsite and Nick brings a goat that he had killed. Gina proceeds to expertly gut and butcher the goat, while explaining that she had learned how by working in the meat department of a grocery store.
The following day, Kale and Cleo are arrested. A container full of pulled teeth is found in their bag. Cliff, Cydney, Nick and Gina head to the beach, where Nick and Cliff decide to go see a marine cave. They travel to their destination via kayaks.
As Gina idly looks through the photos on Cydney and Cliff's video camera, she is terrified when she realizes they are not who they claim to be. Gina sets off after Nick and Cliff while Cydney is chasing after Gina.
Flashbacks then reveal that Cliff (who turns out to be Rocky) and Cydney are a drug addicted sociopath couple who are responsible for the murders of the newlyweds in Honolulu. They kill people and steal their identities in order to, as Rocky (the most psychotic and deluded) explains it, "live a hundred different lives and achieve a kind of immortality". It is also revealed that "Cliff" had planted the bag of teeth in Kale and Cleo's bag to frame them for the murders.
In the cave, Rocky shoots Nick just as Gina arrives, having run along the cliffs. Rocky shoots at her, but misses. Cydney sneaks up on Gina and attacks her. Gina is stabbed in the leg but manages to push Cydney off the ledge into the water.
Gina fortuitously receives a call on her cell phone from a phone company representative. She begs him to call the police. She then spots Cydney below in the kayak just as Rocky pops up over the cliff ledge to grab her feet. Gina stabs him in the hand with Cydney's knife and flees.
While Rocky chases her and Cydney kayaks ashore to intercept the police, Nick, saved by the titanium plate in his head, wakes up. Gina, in turn, runs into a group of men searching for their stolen kayaks, who tell her she is safe now. Rocky tries to convince the men that Gina is whacked out on drugs, but when one of them, who happens to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), notices his enlarged pupils, he ends up killing all of them as Gina runs toward the beach. At this point, Nick arrives and fights with Rocky, eventually getting the upper hand. At that point, the police arrive by helicopter with a rifle aimed at Nick. They ask for confirmation from Cydney, accompanying them in the helicopter, that Nick is the killer, and she pauses. Gina pulls Nick away from Rocky just in time to save him from the police sharpshooter. Cydney then tells the police that Rocky is the killer. Rocky is shot dead as he reaches for his gun.
Later, a medical helicopter comes and takes Nick and Gina. Nick proposes to her on the helicopter and admits that he had bought the ring on eBay. She happily accepts and they agree: "No honeymoon."
- Steve Zahn as Cliff/Rocky
- Timothy Olyphant as Nick
- Milla Jovovich as Cydney
- Kiele Sanchez as Gina
- Marley Shelton as Cleo
- Chris Hemsworth as Kale
- Anthony Ruivivar as Chronic
- Dale Dickey as Earth Momma
- Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo as Supply Guy
- Wendy Braun as Debbie Mason
- "Hey, Hey, Hey" — Tracy Adams
- "Paradise" — RooHub
- "Need Your Love" — Aswad
- "Boom Chic Boom Chic" — Tracy Adams
- "Red Dress Baby Doll" — Tracy Adams
- "Ghetto Chronic" — Tracy Adams
- "The Wretched" — Nine Inch Nails
- "I'm Yours" — Jason Mraz
The film grossed $5,948,555 in its opening weekend within America. Worldwide, its grossing stands at $22,852,638. Its first week in the United Kingdom saw the film make £418,703 and reach number 10 at the UK box office.
The film was released in the United States on 7 August 2009. The unrated director's cut DVD and Blu-ray were released on 29 December 2009.
The film has achieved mixed to positive reviews from critics. Based on an average of 22 reviews, Metacritic gave the film 63 out of 100. A Perfect Getaway averages 60% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 133 reviews.
The New York Times referred to the film as a "genuinely satisfying cheap thrill". More mixed reviews include the Times Online, which gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, adding that it is a "smart" thriller but is a "little too tricky for its own good". Additionally, The Guardian rated the film 60% and said that the film is a "flawed but entertaining thriller". Michael Phillips gave the film 2 1/2 stars (out of four) and stated that A Perfect Getaway "has the fortitude to venture off the beaten path of formula."
Timothy Olyphant was the first runner-up for Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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- A Perfect Getaway at the Internet Movie Database
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- Interview with composer Boris Elkis