A Perfect Getaway

2009

A Perfect Getaway

Critics Consensus

While smarter than the average slasher film, A Perfect Getaway eventually devolves into a standard, predictable, excessively violent thriller.

63%

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Total Count: 136

52%

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User Ratings: 161,387
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Honeymooning newlyweds Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are hiking an 11-mile trail in Hawaii when they cross paths will ex-military man Nick (Timothy Olyphant), who earns their trust by helping them navigate a particularly treacherous mountain cliff. A few yards later, the trio runs into a group of girls whose parents are begging them to return home following reports that a honeymooning couple has been murdered on one of the other islands.

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Cast

Dale Dickey
as Earth Momma
Wendy Braun
as Debbie Mason/Clerk
Jim Cruz
as Helicopter Pilot
Angela Sun
as Counter Girl
Leandra Gillis
as TV Anchor
Amit Yogev
as Waiter
Carlos Alberto López
as Camera Samaritan
Katie Chonacas
as KC Girl #1
Natalie Garza
as KC Girl #2
Lindsay Halladay
as KC Girl #3
Mercedes Leggett
as Katie Nakamura
Leif Riddell
as Perimeter Cop
Matt Birman
as Trekker
Tory Kittles
as Sherman/Kayaker
Brandon Olive
as Rick/Kayaker
Holt McCallany
as Police Lieutenant
Isaac Santiago
as Police Shooter
Katelin Henke
as Cydney's Sister
John T. Cogan
as Best Man
Michael Traynor
as Groomsman #1
Spencer Hill
as Groomsman #2
Mike Begovich
as Groomsman #3
Elizabeth Maxwell
as Bridesmaid #1
Lindsey Huang
as Bridesmaid #2
Katelin Chesa Henke
as Cydney's Sister
Andy Hoff
as Clueless Husband
Webster Williams
as Father of Groom
Cristina Soler
as Mother of Groom
Grace Connelly
as Cheap Man's Wife
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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Getaway

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (40)

  • A big-reveal thriller with surprises that really do surprise -- and are worth waiting for through an audaciously long buildup.

    Dec 18, 2009

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Writer-director David Twohy (Pitch Black) serves up mechanical thrills culminating in a bogus twist ending

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Twohy seems to think the eventual revelation is clever enough to be worth the price of admission by itself. It isn't. To give better value, he should have souped up the cartoonish violence of the final scenes.

    Aug 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot of blood and little logic but the actors scream nicely.

    Aug 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • A Perfect Getaway is a little better -- well, a little stranger -- than most of the disposables this summer.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • David Twohy's taut, palm-sweating thriller has two things going for it: it keeps you guessing and it doesn't insult your intelligence.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Perfect Getaway

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  • Jun 21, 2012
    The very deliberate "red herrings" scattered throughout the film pretty much guaranteed the twist, so when it happened I was a little disappointed in that regard. Its a weirdly constructed thriller, which does make a lot of the first half interesting because with the exception of a few moments you don't really know what genre the film is. Again the reveal is where things become problematic. Twohly starts shooting the film like its an action movie, which seems to remove any sense of dread that he had been developing. There is also a lengthy flashback that dumps a massive amount of information that's difficult to sort through, which is too bad because there is some really interesting stuff about the killer attempting to transform their identity with each murder, but it fails to go anywhere.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2011
    An expert thriller about trust and the dangers of it. Crazy, twisty, gripping, and slam bang. A newly married couple go to Hawaii on their honeymoon and they meet a couple that seem well off. But when they discover a killer is loose, they soon begin to suspect who it is. As they become good friends with the couple, they are not sure what to believe anymore. Suspicions pile on and things seem to make sense. But absolutely nothing is what it seems. One of the trickiest films ever, with a jaw dropping twist you'll never see coming.
    Dutch E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    A Perfect Gataway actually surprised. Considering the mediocre cast, the film turned out to be better than what I expected it to be. Despite the fact that it's nothing too special, A Perfect Gataway is a good film that is better than what most people think. There are better thrillers that you can see, but for what it is, A Perfect Gataway is a good film that considering a mediocre cast, turned out better than what I expected. The film is a bit predictable, but it does manage to be thrilling and exciting. Like I said, I didn't expect much from this film, and after seeing it, I thought it was better than average. The performances from the somewhat mediocre cast are surprisingly decent here, and though there's room for improvement in the acting department, the cast did do a good job in their respective parts. A Perfect Gataway is overall a decent film that despite its faults is fairly entertaining for what it is. Like I said, the cast do a good job despite their somewhat lacking skills. Overall A Perfect Gataway is a mindless, fun thriller if you can forgive the sometimes lacking plot and borderline decent performances, which aren't that bad actually. Overall this should be seen as a mindless thriller that though relies on clichés for its plot is still very much entertaining and thrilling. Not a perfect thriller, but it has enough thrills to make it worth seeing.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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