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A Pefect Getaway (Unrated Director's Cut) (2009) Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Image“A Perfect Getaway” is a mystery/suspense thriller that doesn’t keep up the mystery or suspense.  Obviously the filmmakers were trying to throw twists and turns in the story to keep the audience guessing.  However, the filmmakers forgot to make us care enough.  The actors aren’t developed enough for the audience, we don’t sit on pins and needles or jump at the “starling” moments.

“A Perfect Getaway” is the story of newlyweds honeymooning on a Hawaiian island.  Turns out that there has been a gruesome murder of a newlywed couple on an adjacent island.  Cliff and Cydney are the newlyweds.  They are headed for an 11-mile trail that leads to a dead end beach.  Along the trail, the couple meets Nick (Timothy Olyphant) and Gina (Kiele Sanchez).  The film then spends too long with the couples trying to decide whether the other couple is the killer of the newlyweds.  Meanwhile, a disgruntled couple seems to be following the two other couples on the trail.  Of course anyone that knows these types of films, knows that they are not the killers.

As a subtext to the actual film’s story, the characters within the story talk about moviemaking and storylines.  Ironically, the characters in the story speak of the story being everything in a movie, while the movie in which they are in lacks that strong story.  I won’t give away the ultimate twist in the film, but it is pretty obvious after a short while.  I case it depends on how much you truly pay attention to the opening of the film.

When watching the film you can’t help but think that you have seen the film before.  You can’t put your finger on it, but it just seems all too familiar.

The video transfer is quite good.  The film is intentionally overblown.  However, the transfer tends to bring that oversaturated and overcooked look out a bit more than the original.  There isn’t much gradation in the color palette.  Hues are limited.  The details and textures of the film are sharp.  This lends to a very dimensional image.  The depth is quite incredible.  However, artificial sharpening of the edge leads to ringing and fake looking edges.  Black levels remain stable and deep, as does brightness and contrast.  Shadow delineation is always revealing.  This is an eye-popping image that will surely grab many viewers undivided attention.  The Hawaiian landscape is certainly beautiful.  However, the artificial look of the film becomes annoying after a while.
“A Perfect Getaway” lacks any truly inspiring audio track moments.  The entire mix is very front heavy.  This is surprising given the atmosphere and location of the scenes.  The rear speakers only come and go.  They are active for some of the chases and helicopter sequences.  Dialogue remains flat in the center channel.  The ambience and reverberation of any space is lacking.  When the actors enter a sea cave, dialogue is not realistic to the location.  An attempt is made, but it fails.  I have been to Hawaii and know that when traveling a trail like the characters are doing, the ambience is filled with countless singing birds.  Birds are limited and practically absent for most listeners.  This track does not bring you into the film.  You remain sitting on your couch without the thrill of the chase.  The audio track probably sounds like the original, but the original sound design is average at best.

Universal decided not to obliged audiences with any real special features.  Universal has provided both the theatrical and director’s cut on this Blu-ray, a 10-minute discrepancy between the two.  Other than that, there is the original ending (which isn’t much different than the actual ending), BD-Live functionality and D-Box motion control.

“A Perfect Getaway” is not as intense as it should be.  While the video quality is artificial, it will please many viewers.  However, the audio track does not lend a perfect getaway to “A Perfect Getaway.”

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