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Retreat (2011)

Cillian Murphy , Jamie Bell , Carl Tibbetts  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, Thandie Newton, Jimmy Yuill, Marilyn Mantle
  • Directors: Carl Tibbetts
  • Writers: Carl Tibbetts, Janice Hallett
  • Producers: Chris Ouwinga, Darryn Welch, David Frost, Dominic Wright, Gary Sinyor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ISJR7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Retreat" on IMDb

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It'll Be the Three of Us - Just Like a Family" November 16, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is suspense, not action. April 22, 2012
Format:DVD
The reason for the poor reviews on this movie probably stems from the fact that it exists as a bit of an anachronism in today's movie market. This is a genuine suspense film in an action film world. Suspense films just aren't really made anymore and today's 20-somethings just don't understand them.

Suspense is action for the more intellectual viewer who doesn't need giant explosions, gunfights and car chases to realize that something is, in fact, happening. The entire film here uses one location... yep, count 'em up - one; unless you count the boat as a separate location. Also there are only 5 characters, 2 of whom barely appear on screen. So I can understand if the casual movie goer feels this is a slow film, but it is anything but slow. The relationship between the married couple is continuously developed throughout the movie as a constant source of tension, and the nature of the antagonist is constantly turning down some new path. You never know until the final moment what has really been going on the whole time; that's what suspense is all about.

This movie is worthy of quite a few of Alfred Hitchcock's second-rate movies, which is to say, it falls just short of brilliance.

If you enjoy Hitchcock, you'll enjoy this film.

Without spoiling the ending, I will say that I wasn't totally convinced that the final scenes took the story down the right path. However, it was reminiscent of George Romero, which I appreciate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is he or isn't he? February 23, 2012
By Viva
Format:DVD
This is an intimate thriller in a vein similar to that of The Thing, where you have to wonder if the intruder is sick, if he is telling the truth about others being ill outside, and whether the two people he holds hostage are going to take ill, turn into zombies or something else. This will keep you wondering right up to the end, and even then there is another unpleasant twist.

Nice work from the actors and a great location in Wales.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who do we believe? March 1, 2012
Format:DVD
A mostly typical hostage scenario where a couple going on a reconciliation retreat to a remote island home in Wales find a soldier unconscious on a nearby beach. They take him in and he takes the house over (has a gun of course) by insisting that the couple board themselves inside in order to be protected, from what he says, an airborne virus spreading around the world. The couple has no way to verify what he is saying and thus the couple (therefore the viewers) question the soldier's credibility. The husband, as is often the case in these scenarios, is weaker and more submissive than the female. This leads to the major weakness in the story (seems to be a standard characterization for these types of movies) which is the series of dumb decisions the hostage couple make throughout the movie. I sometimes think it's part of the script to engage the viewing audience into the "How dumb can you be?" hook.

Bell portrayed his soldier character well while Newton and Murphy seemed too over the top, not-believable, in their portrayals of the couple. The ending had a nice twist, although, it too suffered from believability. Yes, it's just a movie but you want storyline consistency.

Caution, tint of spoiler: You have a real couple with real marital issues at a real country estate. Yet, part of an over-the-top fantastical military conspiracy??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie October 21, 2011
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The plot for the film is a bit lacking, but as with all films Cillian Murphy makes everything flow. A couple go to an island off the coast of Scotland where they are the only occupants, and a man badly hurt appears telling them that a deadly virus is in the air.
The movie was more of a psychological puzzle than a thriller to me. But I highly recommend it, I thought it was very well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed this film. Cillian Murphy is one of my favorite actors, and he did a good job in this role. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 32dimples
5.0 out of 5 stars great plot.
Suspenseful ... great plot ... fine acting !!!
Published 3 months ago by Matti Kniva Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the end
One of the best movies I never heard about. Sure it's low budget, small cast, single setting ... but quite a mind-boggler. Read more
Published 8 months ago by klm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The movie was good didn't end as expected lol. They couldn't have made some more action to make it better.
Published 8 months ago by Kenyatta
5.0 out of 5 stars "Retreat" Will Twist and Turn You and Have You Asking Yourself About...
"Retreat" has twists in it that you don't see coming and a storyline created to make you ponder "What If's. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. Bratton
5.0 out of 5 stars Retreat
Great movie if you like watching thrillers. It keeps you at the edge of your seat. Overall rating is good.
Published 13 months ago by Marcie
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 5
The two protagonists in this movie, the couple we're supposed to care about, are so gay and make such stupid decisions that it's hard to have any positive feelings toward them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marcel Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Jacked!
I've always enjoyed U.K. movies (except the comedies). Jamie Bell is my favorite male actor. I have at least five movies that he has participated in and have viewed them all... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great british thriller
Great movie with great acting. it gives your mind quite the fracking in the end. I love Cillian Murphy. This movie arrived on time and in good condition.
Published 22 months ago by Jeff Parks
4.0 out of 5 stars Retreat
It held my interest, I also like Jamie Bell, think he's a really good actor. The movie had a twist to it which made it better.
I would recommend it.
Published 22 months ago by Lisa Richlan
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