Retreat – 2 out of 5
It’s the same old story: You go on vacation with your spouse and some nut-head comes in to ruin it all with some crazy talk, threats of violence and, the next thing you know, he fills you with piss-in-your-pants fear and ruins your vacation…and then the airline loses your luggage.
|Ug, is Cillian going for a nipple twist?!?|
|A rare moment when someone using a Mac looks sad|
and not smug.
|The moral movies are always trying to teach us: Being a good Samaritan will|
ALWAYS lead to horrible and possible painful death.
For the most part, I dug where this film was going but most of the film's progression towards the climax was where it lost me. The film opens perfectly as we see Martin and Kate try to bury their real feelings and overwhelming pains and frustrations in order to enjoy a quiet getaway. The development of these two characters really makes you care for them and it helps when Jaime Bell’s enters the story and throws them into a loop of hysteria, fear and a fight for survival. All this is great for the film and it really makes for some tension but all is lost as the film starts to feel like it’s repeating itself over and over and over again to the point it tossed me out of the film and I felt like I couldn’t appreciate the clever twist ending.
|Yep, I looked just like that.|
|This movie missed a prime moment for a Beats by Dre|
|"Just fucking shoot him already!!!" is what I yelled at the TV repeatedly.|
There was so much potential and great things going on in this movie but it all was killed thanks to seeing the same thing be viciously repeated. Granted, there was not much the story could have done differently during this time in the film and the fact that it was located entirely within the cottage in order to create a sense of isolation and claustrophobia couldn't change this BUT I couldn’t help but think that more could have been done to create tension and terror than doing the same lather, rinse, repeat-style. I liked the concept of Retreat, and I enjoyed a lot of the execution…it just died right towards the end for me.