‘Retreat’ Trailer: Couple’s Retreat Goes Really Wrong

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Retreat trailer with Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton Retreat Trailer: Couples Retreat Goes Really Wrong

One of the most tried-and-true formulas for a Hollywood movie is the “people trapped in a room” storyline that has made for many an intense psychological thriller in the past – heck, even M. Night Shyamalan (technically) did justice by that setup (see: Devil)!

The latest entry in that particular genre is Retreat, a low-budget production that was recently acquired by Sony for distribution – and stars such notable names as Cillian Murphy (Inception), Thandie Newton (Crash), and Jamie Bell (The Eagle). Now an actual trailer has been released for the film too.

Retreat revolves around a European couple (Murphy and Newton) who travel to a remote island in the hopes of recovering from a recent tragedy in their lives. Trouble soon follows the pair in the form of a bloodied man (Bell) who informs the couple that a devastating airborne virus has broken out back on the mainland. But is this stranger telling the truth? Or are Murphy and Newton trapped in a cabin with a potentially dangerous person who has gone insane?

While this trailer for Retreat doesn’t flat out reveal whether or not Bell’s character is an honest man, it does touch on a few significant plot points in the film. So consider that your SPOILER WARNING.

Check out the Retreat trailer below:

Although the setup for Retreat is (as mentioned before) pretty generic, it looks as though the film might do a good job of executing its premise. Murphy, Newton, and Bell all appear to have nailed their respective characters in the movie – not to mention, the simple but muted visual style of the footage on display seems to appropriately enhance the atmosphere of dread and unease that is meant to resonate throughout the motion picture.

However, as with any trailer, it’s possible this preview makes Retreat look better than it actually is: the tense mood of the material shown here could easily devolve over the course of the actual film – to the point where it all becomes more silly than sinister. Though, I think there’s good enough reason to be hopeful (for now) that this might not be the case.

Retreat has not secured an official U.S. release date yet, but that should change in the future. As always, we’ll let you know when it does.

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  1. I think Cillian Murphy is absolutely brilliant. Sunshine, one of my favorite movies, was one of the most underated films ever. While I am cautiously optimistic about this, I think whoever edited the trailer should find a new day job.

    • A-ha!
      You’ve assumed there that movie editing WAS their day job.
      Maybe they’re really a restroom janitor by day and a movie editor only in their spare time. It would certainly explain the slapdash approach.

      Actually, that’s too harsh… From the little on show here this actually looks quite good. Jamie Bell in particular looks to be on very intimidating form. Not sure if this will get played in any of our local cinemas though :/

  2. Actually, I’ll take it one step further: 16bit, if you think this trailer looks unprofessional BUT you think that “Sunshine” was underrated, then maybe YOU should get a new day job. Or a nice new pair of glasses. (Dumb astronauts doing dumb things until they– SURPRISE!– make one fatal mistake too many… look, even “Dark Star” was smarter than “Sunshine.”)

    That said, the problem with “Retreat” is that the “tragedy” really isn’t all that recent. Unlike “Dead Calm,” where the grief and need for recovery were very raw and real, “Retreat” is based on an event that should have seen closure by now.

    Yeah, and I liked it better when it was Naomie Harris and it was called “28 Days Later.”

    • Your comparing apples to oranges here. 28 days later? Have you even watched the movie or did you just Google “Cillian Murphy” and “Virus”? Cause that’s about the only resemblance this has to 28 days later.

      That said, I thought this was a comment section where I could state my viewpoint. Yes, while the movie looks promising, the trailer looks like it was thrown together by a 12 year old. Say what you will about Sunshine, however it was a beautifully shot movie and Murphy gave a spectacular performance (as far as dumb astronauts go). :)