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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"
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...
Published on November 16, 2011 by Tommy Dooley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Who do we believe?
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...
Published on March 1, 2012 by G. Teslovich


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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
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. Still it does have the obligatory twists, but manages to avoid cliché heaven despite a couple of plot holes, that only anoraks (like myself) would spot, or indeed be churlish enough to mention. At an eighty six minute run time, it is perfectly paced and suspenseful enough to keep most entertained, not one to watch twice though as its strengths are the surprises, so makes for an ideal rental.
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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
This review is from: Retreat (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
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This review is from: Retreat (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who do we believe?, March 1, 2012
This review is from: Retreat (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SLOW MOVING CHILLER, February 24, 2012
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This review is from: Retreat (DVD)
There's a lot of potential in RETREAT, a moody thriller set on a Welsh island. Essentially a three character drama, the movie moves very slow before reaching an unexpected climax.
Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy star as a couple who go off on an island retreat to deal with a tragic loss of their stillborn child. Enter Jamie Bell as an injured soldier who tells them of a pandemic that is slowly spreading around the world, eventually coming their way. He ultimately imprisons them and ulterior motives surface.
The three actors are very effective, with Bell particularly outstanding in his chilling mutation. There is an eerie sense of doom that ultimately culminates in a disturbing finale.
RETREAT requires a lot of patience but does leave a sharp impression once it's over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the end, February 22, 2014
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One of the best movies I never heard about. Sure it's low budget, small cast, single setting ... but quite a mind-boggler. Wonderfully acted, the cast gives nothing away as the puzzle unfolds. Jamie Bell delivers a frighteningly intense portrayal of an injured military man whose true status is completely unknown. Is he a deserter, a saviour, a lunatic, a protector, a captor, a liar, a killer, or the bearer of an apocalyptic truth? And how will these troubled and isolated people survive their encounter with him, and the end of their world as they know it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, February 11, 2014
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The movie was good didn't end as expected lol. They couldn't have made some more action to make it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Retreat" Will Twist and Turn You and Have You Asking Yourself About Life's "What If's!", November 23, 2013
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"Retreat" has twists in it that you don't see coming and a storyline created to make you ponder "What If's." Thandie Newton and her husband go away to a "retreat" because they have been through a crisis that threatens their marriage. We see and hear military-type jets flying over the cottage that they are staying in, and then, a stranger shows up . . . This is where the action and twists get a hold of you and don't let go until you are gasping at the end of this film. "Retreat" is a must-see. It is thought-provoking, interesting, upsetting, and you will not forget the ending of this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retreat, September 22, 2013
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Great movie if you like watching thrillers. It keeps you at the edge of your seat. Overall rating is good.
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