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!!