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Retreat 2011 R CC

3.6 out of 5 stars (56) IMDb 5.8/10

Taking an isolated break on an uninhabited island, Martin (Cillian Murphy - The Dark Knight) and Kate (Thandie Newton - 2012) are about to find that their island retreat is about to become a prison of unimaginable terror, when a blood soaked stranger (Jamie Bell - The Adventures of Tintin, The Eagle) stumbles through their door claiming an apocalyptic virus is sweeping across Europe.

Starring:
Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Thriller
Director Carl Tibbetts
Starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton
Supporting actors Jamie Bell, Jimmy Yuill, Marilyn Mantle
Studio Samuel Goldwyn Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2011
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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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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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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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*NO SPOILERS*

Decent acting, slow build... but ultimately just a boring ride. The isolation and beauty of this setting were great backdrops for what could have been an interested slow-build, psychological thriller.

I think, had they cut perhaps 20 minutes from this one, it could have still kept the slow build and the suspense. I'm a huge Cilian Murphy fan, but this one was ultimately just a tedious grind with no real payoff at the end.
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Nice slow moving thriller. I like the actor Cillian Murphy a lot and I know that when he is a in a movie it's going to be a bit dark. his characters are going to have major issues and it is going to be a really good creepy movie. He has these kind of mysterious good looks half menacing half handsome and he never fails to deliver on a performance. Here he plays a husband who along with his wife goes to an older cottage on a remote island to try and get their marriage back on track. He wife has lost a child and they refuse to talk much and the cottage and island seem to be a good remote re starting point until a stranger comes to them from out of nowhere.
Jamie Bell plays a stranger who has washed ashore on the island bloody and battered and quite paranoid... and to say much more would spoil what it to come.

This was a very good movie somewhat slow at times, it kind of reminded me of say Dead Calm on land maybe with a dash of 28 days later added in for good measure. All 3 leads hold their own in a game of cat and mouse and it has ending to wrap things up. I remember seeing previews for this movie and it then disappeared and when I stumbled on it here I knew I had to watch it and am glad I did.
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