I haven’t been doing this movie battle in a while, the last was Shaun of The Dead Vs Zombieland…and Shaun is the winner. I have written several movie battles but those battles are always between movies I have seen. For this month’s Monthly Murphy, I decided to do a preliminary battle of 2 movies by Cillian Movies, I do this because the two movies are scheduled to be released close to each other. Preliminary because I haven’t seen both movie (of course!)
Retreat will be released on October 7 in UK and October 21 in US (Not sure when in Indonesia…or is it even going to be played here 😦 ). In Time will be released on October 28. 2 movies by Cillian that only have 1 week in between, it would be heaven if I live in US…one Cillian after another all around the theaters. What a nice cinema moment.
Without writing this post, those who often visit my blog know really well which one I prefer more…I am writing this simply to show why one wins over the other.
Round #1: The Plot
Retreat is a psychological thriller about a couple who are trying to fix their marriage by visiting an Island. A man in hazardous suit suddenly shows up and tells them that everyone in great Britain died because of a virus outbreak. Should they believe this man? If he is lying, what is his motive?
From the trailer, we can’t see how it’s going to end. We can’t guess what’s going to happen to that couple and what’s really going on in the mainland. I can imagine that the movie will be very thrilling.
A review by Bloody Disgusting
Don’t watch any trailers, don’t watch any clips, don’t read this review or any others before you see Retreat because it will exhaust the uniquely intense experience that this movie offers. If you’ve already seen the trailer and can’t do the whole “tabula rasa” thing, don’t worry it’s still going to grab you by the throat and leave you breathless when the credits roll. Retreat , is one hell of a start to Carl Tibbetts’ career, and it’s exactly the kind of movie I’ve been waiting to see for a long time….
Retreat has also received good comment in several festivals.
In Time is a futuristic sci-fi where the rich can live forever while the poor can only live in short time. A man suddenly received a fortune and blamed for murder. He kidnapped a rich man’s daughter in his runaway.
Even in that short outline I can see the whole movie in front of my eyes, the trailer confirms everything. When I read the plot outline I know straight away that the man and the kidnapped woman will fall in love and do justice together. SOOO Predictable.
You can see the trailer here
In Time’s plot is the kind of story I always avoid, the kind of story where the rich are treated like God while the poor are a low as an earth worm. What I meant by treated like God does not mean that Rich people are God…but they pretend as if they are much better than the poor. You can see how they can live up to 100 years even forever while the poor can only have around 20 years. I hated this kind of discrimination even more than racial discrimination. As I have said it in my comment to Caroline, I will close the book, turn off the DVD, walk out of the cinema and change the TV Channel if I ever encounter such story.
For this round, Retreat wins by a TKO over In Time
Note. I admit that my feeling toward the plot might change after I see the movies,maybe Retreat isn’t as good as I expected and maybe In Time isn’t as bad as I thought…there is still that possibility.
Round #2: Cillian Murphy
This round is a bit difficult to conclude.
Cillian as Raymond is a bad ass hunk, he looks so cool in his outfit. His movement and his way of talking is the kind of bad cop I wouldn’t mind to meet. However, Cillian doesn’t use his accent here and he is only a supporting role that won’t have much coverage time.
Cillian as Martin is an ordinary husband. From the trailer, he has nothing special to show us…he even look a bit cowardice. We will know more about him after we watch the movie. I have always wanted to see him playing husband as he is more of a family man than movie star. plus, He has his accent which I love so much.
For this round, in the way Cillian’s look, he as Raymond in In Time wins. In time coverage, Retreat wins because I can see him more than in In Time. In the way he speaks, Retreat wins badly because I always love his original/British accent than his American accent.
There is also one important fact that one cannot forget, Cillian always do better acting in non-Hollywood blockbuster movies.
So…final decision, Retreat wins by 1 point
Round #3: Actor Beside Cillian
Justin Timberlake Vs Jamie Bell.
Ow my God…I don’t need to explain anything here…I like Jamie Bell a lot and hate Justin Timberlake equally a lot.
This round last only for 1 second as Jamie Bell helps Retreat wins by a TKO.
Round #4: The Actress
Amanda Seyfried Vs Thandie Newton
I don’t see any competition here, Thandie wins over Seyfried in many ways. I still haven’t seen amazing performance by Seyfried and she isn’t that pretty in my eyes. As for Newton, I like her performance in Rock and Rolla and would you disagree with me if I say she has certain gracefulness that Seyfried doesn’t have.
On this last round, Thandie newton helps Retreat to knock out In time in the easiest way possible.
As you can see, Retreat wins by unanimous decision. In Time only has a chance to win in Cillian Murphy round which mean if there is no Cillian Murphy, In Time will be a movie I watch in TV and there is nothing else to watch.
If I was given a chance to see only 1 movie, I’ll choose Retreat without even giving it a second thought…however, sad but true the one that has higher chance to be shown in my country’s cinema is In Time because it is made by Hollywood while retreat is made by UK. *Damn with this arrangement!!*
I hope with all my heart that I can see Retreat in cinema, in the biggest screen possible. As for In Time, I am still in between, I want to see it in Cinema because I can see Cillian’s face in big screen but I also want to see it in DVD because I can fast-forward the scenes I don’t like and only see the scenes where Cillian shows up.
I know, as far as I can see, I am the only one who shows reluctance over In Time…every movie bloggers I know look forward to see it.
- Cillian’s upcoming movie that is on my top list of most anticipated one has new poster 🙂
- Misterman will be played in Brooklyn, New York from November 30 to December 21 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Tickets go on sale September 14.
I am officially hating all New Yorkers because they can see Misterman while I can’t 😉