Directed by David Twohy
“A Perfect Getaway” is a strange kind of beast. On one hand, it thinks that it is far cleverer than it actually is. On the other hand, it actually is a tad bit more clever than most other generic thrillers. The problem, I think, stems from its execution. There’s no doubt that beneath the surface of this film, there’s some interesting ideas at work. Sort of “Natural Born Killers” with a twist and in Hawaii. The unfortunate thing is how tricky it is getting past that pesky surface level.
For one thing, the film stars Milla Jovovich. I don’t really have anything to add to that, because I think that pretty much says it all right there. From that casting decision on, the bar could only go so high. But, on the other hand, Timothy Olyphant is also in this film. And being the huge fan of “Deadwood” that I am, it almost, almost counters the Jovovich casting. Then they go and decide to cast Steve Zann as well. At this point I throw my hands up out of frustration. Steve Zann is a lot like this film itself, bipolar and hit or miss.
The main thing about this film is the finale. And your enjoyment of this film will completely hinge upon this moment, whether you saw it coming or not. As I’ve said before, there’s no doubt it was a cool idea, but the execution of the idea certainly wasn’t as solid as it should have been in order to really work. Having said all of this however, you could find a worse way to kill an hour and a half. And maybe, just maybe, if you don’t think about it too hard, and try not to look for the giant size plot holes that pile up by the end of it, you might just enjoy yourself. Maybe.