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"A Perfect Getaway" **1/2 (out of four): A Hawaiian honeymoon turns sinister in this effective but absurd thriller from writer-director David Twohy.

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"A Perfect Getaway" is another entry in the long line of arrogant-tourists-get-taught-a-lesson subgenre of thrillers. Recently, we've seen torture-porn renditions such as "Turistas" and "Hostel", but the granddaddy of them all may be "Deliverance". When done well, and that 1972 Burt Reynolds squeal-like-a-pig gem certainly was, these films can be amusing and escapist in a we-would-never-make-THAT-mistake kind of way. When they're not so good, they typically devolve into a lot of running and screaming. "Getaway" falls (or maybe it's chased) into the second category. But before it does, it offers some effective paranoid thrills thanks to a game cast and writer-director David Twohy ("Pitch Black").

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