So, who are the killers? Is it couple number one? The newly weds, a little nerdy, a little lovey. Couple number two? Rock n rebel hippy free lovin’ with a bit of a temper. Or couple number three. Action adventure athletic with tequila. Who knows? Could be any of them, could be all of them, or even none.
The basic plot follows the newly weds Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) as they head off to an amazing island for their honeymoon. It’s a paradise, gorgeous weather, beaches, calm waves, glorious. They hear of a local murder of another couple on holiday and from this moment on, the viewer suspects everyone as Cliff and Cyd head off into Paradise. Getting on the wrong side of two hitchhikers, Cleo (Marley Shelton) and Kale (Chris Hemsworth) and the right side of a pair of adventure freaks, Nicko (Tim Olyphant) and Georgia (Kiele Sanchez). We see a series of good and bad sides from all of the couples, never quite sure what the twist will be, who the killers will be.
David Twohy, famous for his Riddick flicks, here creates a great looking, cool feeling movie. It’s easy to watch as it flows along nicely. The cast are great too with all using this as the perfect film to explore different characteristics to trick the viewer into thinking they could be the viewer or actions in their favour of being the good guys. All knock out a great performance with Zahn especially good here. It’s got a good twist, although I’m sure there are a few moments, which could not have really happened as the viewer finally discovers the truth. The last 20 mins are great. Real action with some great moments. Knife in the leg late on is brilliantly done and really had me cringing.
This is a good and slightly ambitious take on the ‘who-dun-it’ with a couple taking the murderous role rather than a single person. Good stuff.