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Taking an isolated break on an uninhabited island, Martin (Cillian Murphy – The Dark Knight, 28 Days Later) and Kate (Thandie Newton – 2012, RocknRolla) are about to find that their island retreat is about to become a prison of unimaginable terror. When a blood soaked stranger (Jamie Bell) stumbles through their door claiming an apocalyptic virus is sweeping across Europe, their lives are turned upside down as they face what could be the end of everything they know. Using all means necessary, they must fight to escape the approaching threat. But escape is only the beginning of their terrifying fight for survival…
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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!!
The likes of `The Disappearance of Alice Creed' prove that a triple header film is not easy to pull off. You need every actor to be on top form and a script that will involve the viewer enough to distract them from the fact there is little to no budget and only one set. It helps if the set is as gorgeous as the one seen in `Retreat'. Set on a remote Scottish island troubled married couple Martin (Murphy) and Kate (Newton) are marooned trying to piece their relationship together. Maniac squaddie Jack (Bell) soon shows up suggesting that the end of the world is nigh, what would you do?
Personally, if a nutter like Jack turned up at my holiday home unconscious, but with a gun, I would lock the bloke up and call the police. Unfortunately, this is not what happens in `Retreat' and the film descends into a messy what the hell is happening-athon. Martin is so weak and Kate is annoying, they both conspire to drag the plot out when any rational people would build a raft and get off the island. The entire central plot did not work for me, making the cast unbelievable and the story annoying. This has to be down to writer/director Carl Tibbetts who failed to convince me that this situation could happen. A silly film with a strong cast, let down by a poorly formed script.
I watched the BluRay of this film and although the location was lovely, it was not shot to a standard that needed HD. The extras also included a making of.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked the first ten minutes of this film, Thandie Newton looks amazing but is, as ever, about as convincing as your average soap star. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Japes75
Well made, if rather predictable, thriller. Blu ray features a high quality transfer and a few extras. Not a classic but okay with very solid performances.Published 11 months ago by Adrian Drew
Short and not very ambitious, but does what it does well enoughPublished 15 months ago by lightfoot
rather strange story. three people caught on a remote island, one of them a violent intruder.