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"A Perfect Getaway" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Newlyweds Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) travel to Hawaii on their honeymoon for a jungle adventure.  As they hike through the jungle they learn of the grisly murder of another married couple in the area.  Just as their paranoia peaks, they meet up with a free-spirited and unusual couple from Georgia, Nick (Olyphant) and Gina (Sanchez).  As the two couples hike deeper into the jungle, the tension mounts.  When the police swoop in and arrest another couple, it looks like things are safe for our hapless foursome.  But it wouldn’t be called a thriller if the unexpected moments didn’t keep on coming.  I can’t go any further without a spoiler but suffice it to say you will be surprised!

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, and Steve Zahn
  • Directed by David Twohy
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Innuendo
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The promise of this film was great.  The box claims it to be “an expertly made thriller!”  I must disagree.  The plot is quite clever but the execution just doesn’t measure up.  I found myself rooting for the killers within the first five minutes and I didn’t even know who they were yet!  Jovovich and Zahn are incredibly annoying as the newlyweds acting more like lovesick teenagers than actual adults.  Things smooth out a little once the movie gets going but it mostly meanders for an hour or so before the fun begins.  I did enjoy Timothy Olyphant as the weird ex-military guy.  He tells stories about his past that are quite entertaining.  The final act does have a few decent action sequences and just enough gore and violence without going over the top.  This Blu-ray contains as its only special feature, the original scripted ending.  After watching it there was no question as to why it was changed.  Overall I was disappointed.

Technical

The image has been overly color-processed apparently in an effort to make the Hawaiian scenery look more lush and beautiful.  Unfortunately the warm overtones simply flatten the picture and make most flesh tones too yellow.  Darker scenes held up reasonably well and contrast was consistent.  The color palette did change on occasion to a brighter and cooler look.  Perhaps there was more than one interpretation at work here.

The sound was unremarkable with a small dynamic range and almost no use of the surrounds or subwoofer.  In fact, the only time I heard any surround effects was during the opening credits.  Even a mid-movie rainstorm was completely in the front soundstage.  Dialog was clear and properly placed on the screen.  The musical score had a few nice moments but could have played a bigger role.

Extras

The only bonus feature was the aforementioned alternate ending.  There is also downloadable content over BD-Live but I did not investigate this.  The disc contains both the theatrical version and an unrated director’s cut of the film which is 10 minutes longer.  I watched the theatrical version.