Writer Tim Minear's teleplay about a chopper jockey starting a charter service and taking on troublesome cargo plays like a Saturday matinee oater without the skill. Basically a skyborne Western, "The Perfect Getaway," directed flatly by Armand Mastroianni, doesn't get off the ground.

Writer Tim Minear’s teleplay about a chopper jockey starting a charter service and taking on troublesome cargo plays like a Saturday matinee oater without the skill. Basically a skyborne Western, “The Perfect Getaway,” directed flatly by Armand Mastroianni, doesn’t get off the ground.

Charter owner Colt (Adrian Pasdar), in love with blond looker Julia (Kelly Rutherford), takes real estater Alex (Alicia Coppola) on a look-see of the desert for ranchland. But she’s really bound on getting her convicted boyfriend Randy (Antonio Sabato Jr.) out of federal prison by swooping into the prison yard and scooping him and his $2 million up. Nothing to it.

Seems Colt and Randy grew up together, and Colt decided to go straight. Randy’s killed a guard, so he’s dangerous. But the FBI and the marshals, not to be caught flatfooted in midair, chase the threesome. Plot switches back and forth between the fugitives and frantic Julia and her maddening pal Sarah (Loryn Locklin), who keeps telling Julia to drop her boyfriend.

Good guy Colt dodges the chasing lawmen, crashes his plane, leads a snarling Alex and wounded Randy to the house of recluse Thelma (Nancy Linehan-Charles, who shows genuine authority in all the silliness). The plot’s old hat, the characters woefully simple and Mastroianni’s direction just sits there.

Pasdar shows hints of strength as Colt, but Sabato’s Randy is flat-out obvious. Coppola’s supposed to be dangerously fetching in the role; she’s not. Rutherford, an attractive actress, must have been trapped in the meller. Scott Wilkenson’s a credible FBI agent trying to nail Colt. There’s a later drug complication that’s unsurprising.

Out of the skies come good if ultimately predictable aerial shots, and Gideon Porath’s camerawork is OK. Telepic doesn’t offer much that hasn’t been heard or done before.

The Perfect Getaway

Thurs. (12), 9-11 p.m., ABC

Production

Filmed in Moab and Salt Lake City, Utah, by Gaslight Pictures and SRG Prods. Executive producers, Sandy Russell Gartin, Shanna Tyndall, Greg Gugliotta; producer, Hans Proppe; director, Armand Mastroianni; writer, Tim Minear.

Cast

Cast: Antonio Sabato Jr., Adrian Pasdar, Kelly Rutherford, Alicia Coppola, Nancy Linehan-Charles, Loryn Locklin, Castulo Guerra, Scott Wilkenson, Bill Mondy, Barbara A. Smith, Brad Nygren.
Camera, Gideon Porath; editor, Scott Vickrey; production designer, Donald Lee Harris; sound, Donald Summer; music, Richard Marvin; aerial stunts, Jake Lombard; casting, Jason LaPudura, Natalie Hart, Cate Praggastis.
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