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by Robb C. Sewell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Feb 21, 2012

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.

Incredibly suspenseful and taut from beginning to end.

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.


Robb C. Sewell is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. His fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Parlor, and Mississippi Crow. His novel excerpt, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. When not crafting new stories and characters, and pitching his play Breeding Ground, he enjoys spending time with his husband Eric and their cats Tabitha and Sciuto in their new home in Collingswood, NJ, and practicing yoga and breath therapy.


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