A Perfect Getaway

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

Vacationing honeymooners in Hawaii have an awkward encounter with a set of drifters and then befriend a creepy set of hikers deep amidst the hiking trails of Hawaii.  This is the sort of movie that could be really good or go really wrong.

Director David Twohy got this one right.  Smart and suspenseful, the pacing at the beginning of A Perfect Getaway might drive away some casual viewers.  Really, though, the suspense built just enough along the way to keep me going: a “whodunnit” with a limited cast of suspects has to take its time.  I think a lot of people will see the twist at the end coming, as I did, but will get stuck on the “how” part of it – that’s what made this film so good.  It plays just dirty enough to make you question the twist and makes you really think about what it is you saw along the way.

A great movie for fans of suspense films, it doesn’t play with as much action as I expected from the trailers.  If you’re going into this movie looking for an hour and a half of adrenaline, you’re going to be disappointed.  But for an intelligent, at times off-balance mystery, this is definitely worth checking out.

Stars: 4/5

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