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Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

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Storyline

For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers. Written by The Massie Twins

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cliff | newlyweds | island | hawaii | waterfall | See more »

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Rated R for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Getaway - Una perfetta via di fuga  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£418,703 (UK) (14 August 2009)

Gross:

$15,483,540 (USA) (11 September 2009)
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Trivia

When Nick (Timothy Olyphant) is talking to Cliff (Steve Zahn) about his past life events, he references a dictator's palace (00:30:35) that has a lock-box. In that box he has 'Avenger' memorabilia (00:31:49). The specific one he mentions is 'Iron Man' (00:31:48). Olyphant was considered for the role of Iron Man (2008). Subsequently, Kale (Chris Hemsworth) would later become 'Thor' in the adaption of the Marvel comics and again in The Avengers (2012) movie. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Gina receives a phone call from a supposed AT&T rep asking "about her long distance". 1) In the US, the cell phone carrier either provides or arranges the long distance. The customer has no choice. 2) Doing business in the US, AT&T is required by federal law to subscribe to a frequently updated list of numbers assigned to cell phones. The same law severely restricts who they can make telemarketing calls to. In short, AT&T's long distance division would never call her cell phone asking about long distance. See more »

Quotes

Rick: Relax, relax!
Gina: I need to go right now, okay? Do you here me?
Cliff: This is my wife's friend, she has little issue with um... crystal meth, okay? Normally she's pretty functional, but obviously... this ain't normal.
Gina: He killed my Nicko! He killed my boyfriend!
Cliff: Oh, come on!
Gina: He wants to be us! That's what he wants, okay... him and his wife wanna be us!
Cliff: She's dosed right out of her mind right now... I mean it's been. Look! Look, look, look, look, come here.
Gina: No, no, no! Don't go, Don't go.
Cliff: Look at this... ...
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Referenced in The Girls Next Door: Meet the New Girls (2009) See more »

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Need Your Love
Written by Michael Rubin Cambell, Brinsley Forde (as Brinsley Allan Forde), Angus Gay and Tony Robinson
Performed by The High Tide Spirits featuring Woody Aplanalp
(c) Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. (ASCAP)
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Good Thriller with Questionable Twists
18 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Perfect Getaway, A (2009)

*** (out of 4)

The "old dark house" genre was made famous back in the silent days as we'd get a group of people in one house with the idea that one of them is a killer. That basic idea continues with this film, although instead of a house we're treated the beautiful locations of Hawaii. A newlywed couple (Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich) are on their honeymoon in Hawaii and decide to go on an eleven mile hike. Half way through the hike they learn that another newlywed couple were butchered. The film then has our couple meeting two other couples (Timothy Olyphant/Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton, Chris Hemsworth) with the possibility that one of them are the murderers. This 97-minute movie is pure buildup for the final ten minutes when the twist is revealed. I certainly won't reveal the twist but I must say I was somewhat letdown by it but not enough to really enjoy the film. This is the type of movie that gives you a rather simple idea and then works every little inch out of it and in the end we're left with a pretty tense little thriller that is sadly being marketed as a horror movie, which might keep some people away. The film benefits from the great locations, terrific acting and some nice direction. All six leads do a terrific job and it was great seeing someone like Zahn get the leading role. He's basically played supporting roles most of his career but he has no problem carrying the film here. He and Jovovich have great chemistry together and work well with the other cast members. Olyphant clearly steals the film as the ex-soldier who is hiding a few secrets of his own. Another very positive thing about this film is that the majority of it takes place during the daylight so there's nothing jumping out of the shadows at night. I think it's brave to try and build suspense during the day but the director pulls it off perfectly. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio picks up the entire beauty of the island, which really becomes a character all by itself. The film is up for a lot of debate over the twists and turns it takes, which is good. Discussion never hurts a movie and I'm sure people will be discussing what happens here. I personally found it to be a cheat but a lot of thrillers do this. No matter how one feels about the twists there's really no denying that there's still a lot of fun and tension building up to the final moments.


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