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At the Movies:
A terrific twist, but goes wasted in a movie that really runs out of steam.
A Perfect Getaway is a little better -- well, a little stranger -- than most of the disposables this summer.
Scott Von Doviak,
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com:
Doesn't want to be anything more than a ninety-minute thrill ride, and unlike most of the bloated blockbusters of late, it succeeds on its own terms.
[Director] Twohy eventually paints himself into a corner with an explanation that's fatally far-fetched. By the end, you're convinced he'll try anything, no matter how illogical, to hold the audience's attention.
Even if you know what's coming, it's a neat bit of meta-thriller filmmaking, as much about the mechanics of storytelling as a reasonably satisfying example of it.
Fast and twisty, A Perfect Getaway is an economical little thriller that pretty much accomplishes everything it sets out to do.
A Perfect Getaway is proof that a dumb idea can be brought to life, however briefly, by smart people, and writer-director David Twohy is nothing if not clever.
Los Angeles Times:
Twohy correctly banks on the fact that his audience will be too busy sifting through those aforementioned "red snappers" to care about the details.
Writer-director David Twohy (Pitch Black) serves up mechanical thrills culminating in a bogus twist ending
Viewers know the gotcha is coming not only because they've been groomed to expect a third-act left turn in movies like this, but because the film's characters won't stop talking about it.
Who's been murdering newlyweds, turning a beachy paradise into a tropical hell shared by three pretty couples? You'll probably guess, but that doesn't take away from the slicked-up genre charms of this A Perfect Getaway.
For a low-brow, psycho-on-the-loose-in-paradise thriller, A Perfect Getaway is surprisingly entertaining, with exactly the right elements to overcome the inevitable cliches.
After toying with us, Twohy's reliance on standard shootings and stabbings is really rather boring.
A Perfect Getaway is smarter than it looks and more fun than it has a right to be.
A Perfect Getaway is one of those very clever whodunits that keeps you guessing for quite awhile. But on the way home, as you replay its tricks, you may feel more conned than charmed.
New York Daily News:
The result isn't deadly dull, but it does turn what should have been a most dangerous game into a basic scenery-chewing contest.
New York Post:
Twohy serves up a hard-to-swallow second-act twist and an unconvincing back story, but the slightly overlong A Perfect Getaway recovers with a pulse-pounding climax.
New York Observer:
Half of the movie seems fresh and hair-raising. The rest is just disappointing and predictable. At least it provides the underrated Steve Zahn, a likable and inventive actor with natural talent, with a starring role. He makes every minute count.
The exotic setting and characters deserve more riveting situations than this imperfect Getaway gives them.
This could have been a triumph of structure over story if only the importance of the structure had been better camouflaged.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
For all the characters' talk of second-act surprises and red herrings, the observant will have no trouble seeing writer/director David Twohey's breadcrumb trail of hints.
Kevin C. Johnson,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A Perfect Getaway, a more scenic than scary movie about a couple whose Hawaiian honeymoon goes horribly wrong, takes a long time to get where it's going.
Globe and Mail:
A Perfect Getaway is the rarest of film treats -- a B-movie that knows where it's going and how to get there.
What is surprising about this effective little thriller is how cleverly writer-director David Twohy toys with the conventions of the genre as they exist today.
David Twohy's taut, palm-sweating thriller has two things going for it: it keeps you guessing and it doesn't insult your intelligence.
A Perfect Getaway has its imperfections, but for a thriller of its kind, it's a lively and slick summer escape.
A big-reveal thriller with surprises that really do surprise -- and are worth waiting for through an audaciously long buildup.
A Perfect Getaway is never great, but Twohy isn't aspiring for greatness -- he's after gritty and lively and weird. And that's good enough.