A Perfect Getaway

August 21, 2009


I had pretty low expectations of A Perfect Getaway, and I’m pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a thriller that doesn’t take itself seriously, and goes out of its way to pastiche the genre rather than aiming for real terror. If you’re anything like me you’ll have as much fun as Timothy Olyphant and Steve Zahn clearly did, a maniacal grin plastered on your face as the plot develops, though Deliverance this ain’t.

The script is written in a self-aware style, almost creating a film within a film with the screenwriter/director David Twohy encouraging us to dismantle the world and characters he’s created and involving us in jokes about the flimsy, predictable nature of his plot in particular and thriller plots in general. Olyphant gets the most laughs thanks to his character’s multiple catchphrases, including ‘Outstanding’ and ‘I’m an American Jedi’, which he constantly spouts with glee. It’s not the hard-hitting tension-fest that the trailer suggests, but it’s also not a vacuous or unoriginal film, and it’s hard to criticise it for the plot holes as they are almost certainly left intact for satirical effect. It’s received a relatively limited release around the UK but I would definitely recommend catching it if you can, and if not rent or buy when it comes to DVD.

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One Response to “A Perfect Getaway”

  1. CMrok93 Says:

    Modest but twisty B-thriller is elevated by nice character touches, witty writing and its tropical setting. Nice review, check out mine when you can!!


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