Wednesday, 16 November 2011


“Somebody needs shooting. And it's not Jamie Bell. When Kate (Thandie Newton) and Martin (Cillian Murphy) escape from personal tragedy to an island retreat cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a stranger (Bell) is washed ashore, bringing with him some devastating news: Airborne disease. Incurable. Everyone screwed.

Ignoring the slightly ridiculous musical score during the finale, Retreat is rather good. Great location, decent conflict, excellent cast. Sadly, halfway through, Martin hands over one of two guns all too happily and the story loses most of its authenticity. Director Carl Tibbetts keeps going regardless, and if you allow yourself to overcome such an ailment, you’ll be resuscitated by a very good thriller, twisting and turning just enough to keep you guessing until the very end.”      DW

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