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Title:   A Perfect Getaway
Director:   David Twohy
Year:   2009
Genre:   Thriller
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.15.10

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Riddick

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
05.15.10Netflix I've always respected David Twohy as a filmmaker... I was pretty surprised to see that he had made what looked like a forgettable thriller so I thought it was worth a look.

It must be pretty tempting to set anything you write in Hawaii. I'm sure it makes things more expensive or whatever but... you get to live in Hawaii for a few months. I've heard pretty weird things about living there full time but I don't think you can beat it for an extended vacation.

Anyway, about the movie... I thought it was decent. It's hard when you have a whodunnit with only 3 people involved (in this case, three couples) because no matter how many red snappers and twists and turns you throw in there, it HAS to be one of those 3 people. So I can't say the movie completely blew me away with it's ending or anything like that but I still thought it was worth watching.

The rest of my notes deal with spoilers. ye've been warned.

So... Timothy Olyphant. I thought it was a good idea to play around with both his and Steve Zahn's "type" to layer expectations a bit more than average, but it created a kind of third layer of drama for me. Specifically Olyphant supposedly being the crazy killer. If this were 6 or 8 years ago, I'd say that was perfect, but now he's much less the drug dealer in Go or porn dude in Girl Next Door and much more the sheriff in Deadwood or Marshall in Justified. He's a good guy now... so while he can definitely still play menacing if he wants, I don't WANT him to. So the first part of this movie kind of held back because i didn't want him to be the killer (which he more or less had a 50/50 chance of being one). However, when the twist comes and you learn that he is, in fact, just a crazy dude who's hard to kill... that's an awesome moment. In fact, I wish there was more with the knife fight and chase at the end just to get more time finally being able to sympathize with him rather than Zahn.

And the very ending is pretty weak. I wish there was a less rushed finality to it. But it was definitely awesome when Steve Zahn's hand comes up slit in half.
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