Twohyís greatest asset here has to be his cast. Iíve always liked Steve Zahn, and heís perfect here as a seemingly nerdy, would-be screenwriter. As his spouse, we get a surprisingly retrained Milla Jovovich- who Iíve also always dug, and of course, the fact that sheís a mega-looker doesnít hurt. Sheís been typecast lately in action heroine mode, and this is a bit of a departure for her, as she gets to play a fairly normal-seeming person.
As the other central couple, we get Timothy Olyphant & Kiele Sanchez. Olyphantís a solid actor (great on DEADWOOD), but his film roles have mostly sucked (he made a HORRIBLE villain in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD)- although this is definitely his best film work in a long time, While his film buff/ army-vet character is a little over the top at times, heís still damn likable in the role- and the fact that he actually gets to be funny at times makes this a nice departure from his usual, sour-faced roles. As for Sanchez- HOLY CRAP is she hot!!! DAAAAAMN!!!!!!!!!!! Iím a loyal LOST viewer, so, of course, I remember her turn as the infamous Niki, of the Niki/Paolo pairing that almost killed the series back in season three before they were mercifully (and gruesomely) killed off. My total hatred of her character must have made me blind as to how unbelievably, smoking hot she is. I almost fell out of my chair during her big nude scene (which is actually our intro to the character), and- hotness aside, sheís actually quite charming here, exhibiting an easy-going, laidback nature that never figured into her LOST character.
My only real problem with the film is that, at times, itís a little too clever for its own good. Having the Zahn-character be a screenwriter, and the Olyphant character be a film buff, means we get a lot of winky-wink exchanges where they comment upon developments in the plot, and remark how clichťd they would seem in a screenplay. This is fine the first time, but they really over-do it- as this is supposed to be a thriller and not a comedy.
Which brings me to my other problem with the film- itís not all that thrilling. Itís a lean ninety minutes, but nothing remotely thrilling happens until well over hour into the film. I had the big twist figured out the minute the film started, and Iím sure other viewers will too- so the filmmakers really should have revealed it earlier, and played up the action/adventure aspect of the film. Luckily, the likable actors/characters kept me interested through the slow patches, but, the thriller aspect of the film should have picked up some steam a lot earlier.