A Perfect Getaway
By John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service
The natural splendors of a remote area of
provide the backdrop for director David Twohy's not-so-splendid thriller
"A Perfect Getaway" (Rogue). After a reasonably intriguing central
plot twist—though one that fails to jibe entirely with what has gone before—the
shifty drama degenerates, becoming overwrought in tone and excessively violent
As they head for the beautiful, but
isolated Kalalau Valley
on the island of Kauai, hiking honeymooners Cliff (Steve
Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) learn that the couple wanted in a series of
recent, well-publicized murders may have fled to the region. So when Kale
(Chris Hemsworth) and Cleo (Marley Shelton), a pair of creepy hitchhikers they
had refused to pick up earlier, suspiciously and threateningly resurface, the
newlyweds are unnerved.
Pressing on, they cross paths with
friendly, talkative Iraq War veteran Nick (Timothy Olyphant), whose company
they initially find reassuring. But his trail leads to girlfriend Gina (Kiele
Sanchez), and it's not long before his tall tales of combat prowess and her
dexterity with a butcher knife—exhibited to gruesome effect on a goat Nick has
felled with a bow and arrow—have Cliff and Cydney worrying again.
Zahn's skillful impersonation of twitchy,
nerdy Cliff, a Hollywood screenwriter easily overshadowed and intimidated by
Nick's real-life exploits, heightens the atmosphere of uncertainty. But
objectionable elements include not only the climactic bloodletting, but a
prolonged skinny-dipping scene and a murky tide of four-letter words.
The film contains considerable action
violence, some of it gory, cohabitation, drug use, rear and partial nudity, a
half-dozen uses of profanity, and much rough and crude language. The USCCB
Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience,
films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion
Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted. Under 17 requires
accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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Mulderig is on the staff of the Office
for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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