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Retreat [DVD] [2011]

3.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell
  • Directors: Carl Tibbetts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FKTF88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,125 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 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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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2011
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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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Format: Blu-ray
I like Cillian Murphy and I like Jamie Bell - in fact I would rate them amongst my top ten actors around. They are the type of actor who appears in interesting films, and even when they don't they are often the standout in poor films. Therefore, a film that stars both of them as two heads of a virtual Cerberus must be a good thing? Nope, `Retreat' is awful and not only because they have to act alongside Thandie Newton.

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.
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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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