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Retreat [DVD]

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A twisting & winding thriller 7 Nov 2011
Kate & Martin (Thandie Newton & Cillian Murphy) have returned to Fairweather cottage on Blackholme island in an attempt to rekindle their ailing marriage. Hoping to recapture the romance felt the last time they were there, it's obvious relationships are frayed this time around. When Jack Coleman (Jamie Bell - Billy Elliot) washes up on shore and identifies himself as a soldier, he says that there is a virulent outbreak of Agromoto flu on the mainland that is killing everyone and that the army are quarantining. With no radio or contact with the outside world at the remote cottage, Kate & Martin have no choice but to believe him or risk contracting the disease, but as Jack's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, just who should they believe?

Retreat is a fantastically filmed experience; the picturesque surrounds of the cottage and the island really drive home the remoteness of the area. As the relationship between the trio changes dynamic, especially given the marital problems of the couple, you are never quite sure who is leading this dance and this is what keeps the tension in place throughout the film. And tense it is, given Jack's odd behaviour and Kate & Martin's distrust of him and the claustrophobic confines of the rural cottage, either Jack is insane or the entire world has gone to pot.

Extras: There is a "making of" featurette, but it's really nothing that special given that the entire thing is set in a cottage.

All in all, well worth a watch, a premise that is supported by solely a trio of actors and will keep you guessing until the end. Recommended!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reference to 28 Days Later totally misleading 2 Nov 2011
Retreat has more in common with Death And The Maiden [DVD] [1995]than with either 28 Days or Straw Dogs as dangerously mentioned on the cover. And Retreat is not a film that rewards those that come to it with overly high expectations. Especially expectations involving zombies, pandemics or even much in the way of action. It's a slow build based around the balance of power between the three main characters that cleverly shifts it's goalposts as it goes along and as that - it works well. Jamie Bell's performance grounds the film with a gritty realism it may otherwise have lacked and I have to say - as soon as I got over my dissapointment at seeing only three names in the cast during the credits - I enjoyed it. It does stretch credibility a couple of times but assuming you have no clue as to how the film turns out (I hadn't seen a trailer or read a synopsis - got grabbed by the 28 Days Later reference on the cover - doh) it unfolds enjoyably and not predictably.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm here to help" 4 Dec 2011
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"The Retreat" follows the story of a young man and his wife who are going through a bad patch and decide to take a break together to their regular holiday haunt of a remote holiday house, on an island accessible only by boat and in contact with the mainland by sole way of a CB radio set.

Admittedly it's a scenario where something is bound to go wrong (an unresponsive CB and intermittent power problems begin almost immediately), however what isn't expected is the sudden discovery of a man in combat fatigues lying bleeding outside the house one day. Taking him in the couple revive him, and then he has some news which shocks them further: he is from the military and has come to inform them that a plague is sweeping the mainland and killing people instantly. He has to seal up the house with immediate effect to protect the couple from the ravages of the plague and any survivors who may come looking to escape here.

The relationship between the couple and the soldier get more fraught and intense as his military air has him barking orders at them and other elements of his behaviour have them doubting his story. The twists and turns of the dialogue move the viewer from one position to another - is his plague story true or is the truth just as sinister but in a different way?

It's a film that will keep the viewer guessing as stresses reach breaking point in the locked-down house. The ending was particularly good, for which the film gets an extra point from me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It'll Be the Three of Us - Just Like a Family" 16 Nov 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is an indie thriller from director and co-writer Carl Tibbetts and it is billed as a sort of `Twenty Eight Days Later' meets `Straw Dogs', well it really is neither but is still quite good. It is about Kate (Thandie Newton) and Martin (Cillian Murphy) who go to an isolated island in order to repair their fragile relationship after she has lost a baby mid term.

They are the only occupants of this island and the only connection to the mainland is by CB radio to the owners, an elderly couple, who have to come by boat. They try to settle in but the past is all around them and so is the memory of recent events. Then after repeated calls for aid as the generator has, spookily, broken down, they spot a man. He has apparently been washed up on shore and has suffered a head wound. They take him in, he claims to be Private Jack Coleman (Jamie Bell), and he has a story to tell them.

Apparently there has been an outbreak of a new disease which has spread rapidly around the globe. It is an air borne virus to which there is no defence and more importantly no cure. To make it sound more terrifying it has letters and numbers in its name like N31 J42! Their only hope is to lock themselves in and batten down the hatches until the disease burns itself out.

This is a psychological thriller and not a gore fest; it is also not an `end of the world' disaster movie, so claims to have been so are misleading. It is a well acted semi claustrophobic mind battle. All of the performances are well above par and Jamie Bell is particularly interesting as the clearly affected young man. It also boasts a really good score and eight, yes eight executive producers, really guys that is a bit over kill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So what would you do?
Cillian Murphy looks really sexy when he's upset in this. Makes you wonder how you would react in similar situation. Great cast.
Published 15 days ago by Hayley Astles
3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Helliott.....
In a last-ditch attempt to save their failing marriage after the stillbirth of their first child, Kate and Martin escape London for a retreat to the beautiful, yet remote and... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable with poor ending
Stsrts off well in a beautiful setting then Retreats into farce. The bloodied guy who turns up injured at the cottage was obviously psychiatric and on the run. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars HOME INVASION SOAP OPERA
Martin (Cillian Murphy) and Kate (Thandie Newton) are a married couple who go off and live on an island. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great expectations...
.. but the film gave a bit less.
It's an interesting story, people in interesting situation but something is missing...
Thandie Newton is mediocre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I gave this film a 5 star rating because it has been beautifully directed and cleverly cast to deliver the best storyline possible. Read more
Published 14 months ago by castiellovingbampot
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising end
Had you guessing most of the way through. The ending was a bit of a suprise. Makes you wonder if these things happen in real life.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Gary M. Stocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable apocalyptic twist on the old home invasion theme
A young couple retreat to a cottage on an isolated Scottish island, in an attempt to repair their crumbling marriage, only to have their plans scuppered by the arrival of a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cartimand
4.0 out of 5 stars Question Mark over the whole thing
Okay, so personally i think this movie is filled with great stuff.

There is enough suspense in here to keep you going, and that is exactly why i managed to watch the... Read more
Published 24 months ago by gingeinthecity
2.0 out of 5 stars Back Right Off
I like Cillian Murphy and I like Jamie Bell - in fact I would rate them amongst my top ten actors around. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Sam Tyler
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