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Starring: Milla Jojovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton

Director: David Twohy

Writer: David Twohy

Cinematography: Mark Plummer

Original Score: Boris Elkis

Running Time: 97 Mins.

3 Couples. 2 Killers. 1 Island.and so goes the tagline to David Twohy’s A Perfect Getaway, as tagline’s go it is safe to say it’s pretty self explanatory, meaning I really don’t need to cover the film’s plot at all given you know from this everything about the film apart from the ever so predictable “twist ending” twist ending.

This type of high concept idea is far from original but as concept’s go, it should, in theory, make for a potentially gripping film, let’s face it originality is hardly the key to suspense nowadays. That Twohy fails to both grip or excite you throughout the film’s entire running time is something of an anomaly given the man gave us the hugely thrilling and atmospheric Pitch Black…though he did also make the over blown Chronicles of Riddick.

Something more akin to Pitch Black and no doubt scared at the huge flop that was the mega-budget Riddick, Twohy has returned to the relatively minuscule budget end of the scale, sadly in doing this he has made a far weaker film than Riddick and seemed to have lost any sense of pace he used to possess.

There is however one saving grace present, the actor known as Timothy Olphant once more elevates a weak film to watchable territory, after this and Hitman, among others, Olyphant really does deserve a role good enough or at the very least in a half decent film to display his talents and become the star he deserves. He can exude charm and menace at once taking the little he is given in the script and runs with it making Nick a eminently watchable presence…which is a hell of a lot more than can be said for the rest of the cast.

As one half of couple number 1 Olyphant is teamed with the largely unknown Marley Shelton, there is very little chemistry evident but it makes the other two couples look like they despise each other, Kiele Sanchez as the male half of couple 3 does next to nothing and seems there just to provide the story with yet another red herring. It is in the primary couple, whom we sadly spend the majority of the film with, of Steve Zahn and Milla Jojovich, Zahn is capable of a good performance but is cursed with a face for comedy, which bodes badly when he is called upon to play anything approaching serious, and upon the film’s twist you will be dismayed at what Zahn is called to do realising quite how miscast he is.

Next to Jojovich though Zahn seems positively Oscar worthy, as we know from her past repertoire Jojovich’s range is, well, limited at best, and here with a character that is supposedly realistic (unlike Alice in the Resident Evil films) any other misgiving  regarding lack of tension or plot can be forgotten, this may well be one of the years worst performances, that we are supposed to believe Zahn and Jojovich are a couple is a stretch but when the trees in the background display more acting talent any developments just become more and more laughable.

VERDICT

With the exception of Olyphant there really is nothing to redeem A Perfect Getaway, suspense and thrill free mean that this is one film that totally misses the mark.

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