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A Perfect Getaway: Try to Catch Them Cheating
During their honeymoon on a gorgeous Hawaii Island , newlyweds Cliff (Zahn) and Cydney (Jovovich) encounter over-excited vacationing couple Nick (Olyphant) and Gina (Sanchez). Although Cliff works as a screenwriter, it’s Nick who seems to know the most about film plot conventions, especially thrillers and mysteries. He emphasizes the importance of misleading and toying with expectations, and that’s A Perfect Getaway’s thesis in a nutshell: a cheap thriller that has nothing on its mind other than to give you a satisfying 90 minutes of second guessing the real masterminds behind the crime.
As it turns out, the tropical islands of Hawaii would’ve been the ideal honeymoon destination if it weren’t for a series of murders targeting cute couples much like Cliff and Cydney. After the pair wander off-track on a hike and subsequently lose contact with the outside world, the plot swiftly darkens. Enter more couples, each more suspicious than the next: the hostile duo Cleo and Kale, and Nick and Gina, who soon start to show troubling signs of intrusiveness.
Much of the enjoyment of A Perfect Getaway depends on your expectations, and it goes without saying that the less you know, the more you’re going to get out of it. Writer-director David Twohy spent the better part of the 90s writing action thrillers like The Fugitive and G.I. Jane, and in A Perfect Getaway, he takes all these recognizable plot devices and uses them to craft a formulaic thriller.
Jovovich, who showed some agility in the action Resident Evil films, delivers a flat normal-girl role. However, the rest of the cast turns out some appropriately zany performances, especially Zahn, who plays against his usual grounded persona. Olyphant again injects another thriller with his particular brand of tough-guy allure. In a genre usually populated by dreamy teenagers, the adult cast is one the film’s biggest draws.
While it embodies the longevity of a classic, A Perfect Getaway is a solid thriller. It may surprise viewers with its engaging story and pace, something quite rarely seen these days. You may even succumb to a second viewing to fill in all the missing pieces. And even if you didn’t buy into the end, you’ll sure have a fun time getting to it.
They would try anything as if they had no fear of failure. They weren’t afraid of screwing up because the process and the act of creation were the important parts; if the product ended up sucking it was no big deal because they’d already be at work on the next piece. At least that’s the vibe that the documentary gives off. It also helps that the modern day, grown-up No Wavers seem every bit as cool as they did back then.
There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about Netflix’s latest supernatural horror-drama, Stranger Things; an eight-episode series about a young boy whose mysterious disappearance from a small sleepy town in Indiana, manages to offset a series of strange happenings has arrived under much expectation.
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things - a show already praised by many and lovingly described as the “love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s” - begins with Will (Schnapp); a twelve-year-old boy who mysteriously disappears one night, sending his mother, Joyce (the wonderfully unhinged Ms. Ryder) on a frantic search for her missing boy.
Paranoid and afraid of what might have happened to her son, Joyce pleads with the local Chief of police, Hopper (Harbour) to organise a search party, however, Will’s friends - Mike (Wolfhard), Dustin (Matarazzo) and Lucas (McLaughlin) - have already taken it upon themselves to look for their missing friend. Their search takes a turn when the boys soon coming across Eleven (Brown); a mysterious girl who possesses powerful abilities who might just be the one they need to help locate Will.
The carefully built world which surrounds Stranger Things is a place filled with 80’s nostalgia; complete with movie, music and literary references that are most rewarding.
With echoes of E.T and The Goonies particularly strong throughout, Steven Spielberg’s work in the era is clearly an inspiration. The story is driven by a heavy dose of intrigue and suspense which The Duffer Brothers masterfully explore and build on as the story progresses.
The rich and deeply-layered storyline is told through a familiar yet seemingly dark 80’s atmosphere - its mood elevated by an appropriately eerie synth score - and a purposefully slow pace which rewardingly picks up as the episodes unfold.
Apart from being blessed with a wonderful script, fitting mood and an overall intriguing set up, Stranger Things’ strongest feature lies with its cast with both distraught mother, Ryder, and weary cop, Harbour, delivering equally strong performances. However, the story’s heart is in the hands of its younger cast, who manage to bring an equal doses humanity, authenticity, vulnerability and humour to their roles; Brown’s Eleven is top of the pile, with her compelling performance marking her as one of the most unique and interesting young talents to emerge onto the scene.
There’s plenty of heart to be found in Stranger Things and a sincerity rare to television; scary, funny and full of adventure, it’s a wonderful blend of everything 80’s and as binge-worthy a TV show as you’ll find this year;