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Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: United States
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton
Eye candy: Jovovich, Sanchez
Director: David N. Twohy
Run time: 97 minutes
DVD distributor: Alliance Films
Halfway through A Perfect Getaway, my wife said “this movie sucks. The only way it would be OK is if blank blank blank happened.” I agreed heartily, and said that if blank blank blank didn’t happen, I was going to write that movie myself. Because it would be an awesome idea. Then, blank blank blank happened, and there went my shot at fame and fortune. And, just as we had surmised, the movie stopped sucking.
In fact, thanks to blank blank blank, the film not only stopped sucking, it became good. Not amazing, because it was still formulaic and silly, but it’s good. There are moments early on where Steve Zahn, who plays a screen writer (not a screenplay writer – they are called screen writers), talks about red herrings and so forth. And like every who-is-the-killer movie similar to this one, there are red herrings aplenty.
The one thing I would say about A Perfect Getaway, after seeing it on DVD (it comes out December 29th from Alliance Films), is that it’s good, but not perfect. Blank blank blank is a terrific change of direction that really works, but with a DVD you can rewind. Or watch again. And for the most part this works, but one scene in particular makes almost no sense in retrospect. (It’s a scene inside a tent, for those of you who have seen the movie.)
And now, I recommend watching the movie. I can’t really say more about it, because then I would be revealing what blank blank blank means, and you would no longer need to see it. In fact, if you knew, this movie would suck.