|Directed by||Carl Tibbetts|
|Produced by||Gary Sinyor
Sir David Frost
|Screenplay by||Janice Hallett
|Music by||Ilan Eshkeri|
|Editing by||Jamie Trevill|
Ripple World Pictures
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
Retreat is an 2011 British horror-thriller film and the directoral debut of former film editor Carl Tibbets. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, and Thandie Newton as three people isolated from the rest of the world on a remote island, who are told they are survivors of a fatal airborne disease that is sweeping over the entire world. However, their induced isolation may be the result of a lie, and it may be that they are being held at the whim of a madman. The film has had mainly positive reviews.
London architect Martin Kennedy (Cillian Murphy) and his journalist wife Kate (Thandie Newton) often visit a small, remote, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland called Blackholme Island, for their holiday retreats. The only dwelling on the island, Fairweather Cottage, is seasonally operated by the owner Doug from the mainland and only reachable by ferry. After previously suffering a miscarriage, Kate's relationship with Martin has become tense, and in an effort to rekindle their marriage they decide on a return visit to the island. A few nights into their stay, the generator in the cottage explodes, injuring Martin's arm and leaving them without electricity. They use the CB radio, their only source of communication to the mainland, to call Doug who agrees to ferry out to help them.
Kate spends the next day waiting at the jetty for Doug to arrive, but to no avail. Later a mysterious man in green combat fatigues washes up on the island, bloodied and half-conscious. When he comes round, he identifies himself as a soldier, Private Jack Coleman (Jamie Bell). He tells Martin and Kate that there has been an outbreak of an airborne disease, Argromoto Flu, codenamed R1N16, which started in South America and has spread over the entire world in the timespan of a few weeks. The virus is incurable and highly contagious, attacking the respiratory system and causing the victims to choke on blood with a 100% fatality rate. Jack says that the military has lost control, and is now advising civilians to seal themselves up in their homes and not allow anybody access. With only static now coming from the CB radio, Martin decides to play it safe and help Jack, who aggressively takes command, board up the door and the windows.
Over the next few days, Jack becomes increasingly strange and erratic, and his intimidating behaviour begins to disturb the couple even further. They even suspect that the virus may not be real and Jack may be insane. When Kate asks him if he is married, he tells her his wife died of R1N16 and he becomes aggressive and threatening. Martin and Kate decide to leave the cottage and take their chances outside, but Jack refuses to let them, forcing them into the bedroom at gunpoint and locking them in. Martin sneaks outside through a skylight, finding the bodies of Doug and his wife at the pier, killed by gunshot wounds. Using Doug's hunting shotgun, Martin returns to the cottage and gets the upper hand on Jack. However, just as Kate begins to tie Jack's hands behind his back, Martin suddenly begins coughing up blood; it appears the Argromoto Flu is very real and he is infected. Kate is forced to shoot her husband dead with the shotgun, to spare him a slow and agonising death.
Jack reveals to Kate that he was experimented upon at a secure military compound, from where he was released without realizing he was a carrier of R1N16. Jack infected his wife, killing her, and he fled to Blackholme Island to quarantine himself. Jack reveals the CB radio worked all along, and he just changed the settings so Kate and Martin would not be able to reach anyone. Jack fixes the CB radio and the military broadcast on it claims the soldiers have a vaccine to the virus. He tells her that the military are lying, there is no vaccine, and that the military will not allow them to leave the island alive. Kate does not believe him, and angered by the possibility that Martin could have been saved she shoots Jack dead. As she attempts to leave the island in the boat with Martin's body, a military helicopter flies over and she is killed by a sniper who shoots her in the head.
- Cillian Murphy as Martin Kennedy
- Thandie Newton as Kate Kennedy
- Jamie Bell as Pvt. Jack Coleman
- Jimmy Yuill as Doug, the boat ferryman and owner of Fairweather Cottage
The role of Martin was originally written for Jason Isaacs before it went to Cillian Murphy, and the role of Jack was originally written for David Tennant before it went to Jamie Bell. Filming took place in Llandecwyn, Gwynedd, Wales, beginning September 2010 and ending in October.
Retreat debuted at the European Film Market in February 2011, and received a limited release in the United Kingdom and the United States respectively on 14 and 21 October 2011.
Critical reception to the film has been positive. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 78%, based on 9 reviews. Bloody Disgusting praised the directonal debut, in particular noting the intense and chilling atmosphere of the film and plot twists. BestForFilm said of the film: "Disturbing and utterly thrilling... It's Straw Dogs meets 28 Days Later". WhatCulture describes the film as "Dead Calm on land." Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian gave a positive review, writing: "A neat, tense thriller from a first time director that provides a decent role for Jamie Bell."
- Retreat (film) at Rotten Tomatoes