In "Retreat," a young married couple, Martin and Kate, desperately trying to reconnect after a devastating loss, venture off to a remote, uninhabited island only to find their lives turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious man with a startling claim: a deadly virus is sweeping through Europe, killing everyone it infects. Soon their respite transforms into a desperate fight for survival against seemingly insurmountable odds.
"Retreat" is a fascinating psychological thriller replete with compelling twists and turns and stellar performances from its small cast. Thandie Newton ("Crash," "ER") headlines the movie as Kate, a journalist. Cillian Murphy ("28 Days Later") complements her perfectly as Kate's husband Martin, an architect. Kate and Martin are a couple deeply in love, but shattered by loss and torn asunder by long hidden secrets. Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot," "The Adventures of Tintin") plays the tortured and volatile Jack, a solider with astounding claims and a most menacing demeanor. Of the three characters, Jack is the most interesting and a most complex enigma. Is he insane? Is he telling the truth? Bell's mesmerizing, memorable performance adds to the character's mystique and the movie's relentless tension and intrigue.
With a screenplay by director Carl Tibbetts and Janice Hallett, "Retreat" is incredibly suspenseful and taut from beginning to end. The island setting is both breathtaking and ominous; the characters, complex and flawed; the premise, provocative and compelling. "Retreat" is a winner, through and through.