Thursday, March 2, 2017

Leeloo’s Hawaiian Holiday, or Thoughts on A Perfect Getaway

A Perfect Getaway (2009), from director David Twohy of Pitch Black (2000) and Riddick (2013) is a smart vacation thriller with Hitchcock-levels of mind games and cinematic misdirection featuring our girl Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn as Cydney and Cliff, a couple from the mainland celebrating their honeymoon on the island of Kauai.   Milla initially (the key word is initially), seems wasted in a stereotypical pretty lady in jeopardy role, as opposed to her wheelhouse, the pretty lady who kicks ass.  But there’s a twist, a paradigm shift and a sleight of hand that completely explains Milla’s casting in a role that allowed her to show a new range in her acting skills and completely rewrites the first half of the movie. 
The trouble is (there’s always trouble) is those disturbing reports of a serial killer stalking tourists and pulling their teeth.  Could the killer be stalking Cliff and Cydney?  Well this is a movie and the title's ironic, so yeah, of course he is.  Maybe it’s Chris Hemsworth as Kale, a handsome stranger hitchhiking along with his twitchy girlfriend Cleo.  Or maybe it’s Nick, another handsome stranger they meet on the trail.  Nick is played by Timothy Olyphant from Deadwood and Justified, and his girlfriend Gina is Kiele Sanchez, who you may remember as Nikki from Lost.  I know, so many handsome strangers.  What can I tell you, it’s Hawaii.

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