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Back Right Off
on 16 March 2012
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.