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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

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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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David Twohy

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David Twohy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Cliff
Timothy Olyphant ... Nick
Milla Jovovich ... Cydney
Kiele Sanchez ... Gina
Marley Shelton ... Cleo
Chris Hemsworth ... Kale
Anthony Ruivivar ... Chronic
Dale Dickey ... Earth Momma
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ... Supply Guy
Wendy Braun ... Debbie Mason / Clerk
Jim Cruz Jim Cruz ... Helicopter Pilot
Angela Sun ... Counter Girl
Leandra Gillis Leandra Gillis ... TV Anchor
Amit Yogev Amit Yogev ... Waiter
Carlos Alberto Lopez ... Camera Samaritan (as Carlos Alberto López)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone Needs A Place To Escape See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Getaway See more »

Filming Locations:

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,948,555, 9 August 2009

Gross USA:

$15,515,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,869,853
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Twohy has been quoted in recent interviews as saying he had to battle with the studio to allow the movie to continue on with an R-rating instead of a PG-13 version. See more »

Goofs

Gina discovers that Nick and Cydney are not the people on the pictures, when she takes the camcorder and looks at the contents. She knows now that it must be the material from the victims and that Nick and Courtney stole their camera.

But there should not have been any material left on the camcorder, because we see in the flashback that nick throws away the tape in the sea after they took the camera. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: [picking up hitchhikers] Nothing bad ever happens in Hawaii, right?
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Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut available on the Blu Ray release contains an additional 10 minutes of footage. See more »

Connections

References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Red Dress Baby Doll
Written and Performed by Tracy Adams
Published by Adams Apple Films
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Good Thriller with Questionable Twists
18 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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