Retreat vs In Time (Part 2)

The first plan was to write about Retreat this month and write about In Time next month, the arrangement is to prevent too many Cillian Murphy posts in one month…however, things changed after I saw In Time few hours ago. I just couldn’t delay the fact that both Retreat and In time totally lived up to my expectation, one in a good way while the other in a bad way.

This is going to be my longest post ever, this post has 3 pages:

Page 1: Review of Retreat
Page 2: Review of In Time (Don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled, it’s more like a rant rather than review)
Page 3: Retreat Vs In Time Part 2
On September: Retreat Vs In Time Part 1 (before I see the movies)


Retreat is an independent physiological thriller that depends on the acting ability of its 3 leading roles. And whatever ending it is you have guessed, trust me…you guessed it wrong!!

I love this movie!!! Love it so much and almost give it 5 stars…unfortunately it isn’t thrilling enough and the characters aren’t strong enough….therefore I can only give it 4 stars. The ending is perfect and unpredictable…I always love unpredictable ending. I also love movie with less actors.

Martin Kennedy (Cillian Murhpy) and his wife, Kate (Thandie Newton) tried to fix their threatened marriage by visiting the island they once visited. In the first 15 minutes, we could see how this couple was so distance. But we can see that Martin was trying hard to glue them together again. Kate was the one who kept making the distance bigger and bigger. Kate even tried to cover her body with towel when Martin was about to get into the bathroom…it was as if they were a couple of strangers.

The slow rhythm of the movie started to change when the generator blew up and the cottage keeper never showed up. A couple of days later, someone landed on their little island, but it wasn’t the keeper, it was a man in army suit. The Kennedys took him inside the cottage, they thought they had to help him. Their kindness was a huge mistake that ruined their chances to save their marriage.

Jack Coleman (Jamie Bell), the army they have saved, told them that there was a virus outbreak and the main land was almost empty. They had to protect themselves too by covering all windows with plastic as a way to prevent the virus from getting in and by boarding the windows and door with woods so that infected people won’t get inside. Upon hearing that story, Martin wanted to believe but Kate completely distrusted Jack.

Now, take a guess!!  Is Jack a real deal? Or jack simply wants to terrorize the Kennedys? Or you have other in mind? Take a pick and let me know…maybe you’re right!

I got it totally wrong!! I was so impressed when the real thing finally unfolded…but Carl Tibbetts didn’t leave one surprise, he gave another one that made me stunned. I was mesmerized…so unpredictable….at least for me, I couldn’t guess it. And for that I love this movie.

As I have said above, the story was great but the characters weren’t strong enough. I didn’t say that the actors acted terribly…they were great. Cillian, Newton and Bell weren’t at their best but they sure pull it off. The problem wasn’t in their acting but it was in the characters built up. Jack wasn’t menacing enough, Kate was too hysteric and Martin was too week and washy-washy. None of the characters are likeable. Maybe it was because Tibbetts wanted the characters to be as ordinary human as possible. I can see how ordinary they are!!

Overall…it is a great movie. And it proves again that Cillian’s independent movie is better than his blockbuster one (read: In Time). I have just found out that Retreat was played in INAFFF 2011 (Indonesia Fantastic Film Festival) on Monday 14…too bad I missed seeing Retreat in cinema 😦

Unfortunately I can’t do my usual Cillian Murphy Special (many snapshots of Cillian) because my DVD-room isn’t working. Will update this post later. Meanwhile, here’s what I got from google.

Movie Detail:

Director:  Carl Tibbetts
Producers: Gary Sinyor and Sir David Frost
Screenplay: Janice Hallett and Carl Tibbetts
Starring:  Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, Thandie Newton
Awards: Official Selection, Fantasia 2011 Montreal Canada,  Official Selection, Fantastic Fest 2011, Austin Texas

Don’t forget to check the next pages 🙂

Page 2: Review of In Time (Don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled, it’s more like a rant rather than review)
Page 3: Retreat Vs In Time Part 2


    1. Glad to know you like both movies Dezz 🙂 I am quite surprised you have seen both…even my friend who also loves Cillian hasn’t seen them.You really are movie lover.

      Sorry I still couldn’t enjoy In Time, I have tried but… But somehow,I am glad that Rotten Tomatoes agreed with me because I often stand in opposite direction.I love The Boat that Rocked so much and Rotten Tomatoes gave it bad rank, I don’t like Avatar that much and Rotten gave good rating…for once, RT and me finally in the same page about In Time 😉

        1. well…my policy is simple: “judge the movie by yourself” … I only look at RT when I have already watched the movie, not before. It’s fun when RT is on the same page but I don’t give a sh*t when RT said the other way around 😉

    1. Have you seen In Time? you shouldn’t trust review so much till you see it for yourself.

      Please let me know once you got a chance to see retreat 🙂

  1. Oops – I meant Retreat. I can really not watch Justin Timberlake. If at least I was intersted in the topic, OK maybe, like the Facebook movie, I did like it anyway but this one… nah.

    1. I know you meant Retreat 😉 In Time has no surprise at all…all according to how expected it to be. Retreat is a real treat even with that lack of strength in the characters.

      I still haven’t seen that facebook movie, maybe one day. Don’t let my judgement be the one that clouded your decision to watch In Time. I will download this movie once it’s been uploaded so that I can cut the part with only Cillian in it…hehe he is so handsome there.

  2. Y’know, I’m with you about In Time in terms of the lead cast. But the theme of the story still intrigues me, so I might rent that one. Retreat on the other hand, isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ll check it out eventually since you gave it such high marks, Nov.

    1. Well…if you like unpredictable psy-thriller…then Retreat is for you. But, since you don’t like such genre…I don’t know whether you gonna like it or not.

      It goes the same with my reluctance toward In Time’s predictable theme 😉

    1. You know,when I watched it…there were less than 10 people in the cinema.I guessed that’s why not all 21 is playing the movie.
      Well…I still sort of hating Cillian for playing in In Time…but yeah it was worth to see him in that cool outfit 😉

  3. I wrote my review of this today after waiting a week. I agree that it is only worth the time on cable television and little more. I expected so much more.

    1. Hi Max 🙂
      you are refering to In Time, right? Will check your review soon.
      The problem with this movie is the issue that is TOO common and the plot is really weak.
      As a friend told me, at least I got what I expected to see 😉 other than that, nothing.

  4. I have to say i like RETREAT : the story, the actors performances and most of all the ending because it was unpredictable. IN TIME was so boring that i almost fell asleep .The only thing that kept me awake was MR MURPHY. (he is the only plus of this movie)

    1. Hear hear!!! I am so happy to meet someone like you that have the same opinion as me regarding The Gorgeous Mr.Murphy 🙂

      In Time is incredibly boring!! I won’t even watch it if Cillian is not there. I have downloaded the movie and will soon cut it to only Cillian 😉

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