Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up all North American rights to Magnet Films’ thriller Retreat, which stars Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell, reports Variety.
Carl Tibbetts makes his feature directorial debut on the film, which “finds Murphy and Newton heading to a remote island cottage to rebuild their frail marriage. When a wounded and armed stranger (Bell) shows up at their door with news about a deadly airborne virus, they must seal themselves inside the cottage, where the tension starts to escalate from psychological to physical.”
Magnet’s Gary Sinyor said: “The film is a very successful realization of a really strong script loaded with twists and turns and with great performances from our cast.”
Long synopsis and art inside.
“In a last-ditch attempt to save their faltering marriage, Martin & Kate (Cillian Murphy & Thandie Newton) return to a beautiful, yet remote and unpopulated Scottish island that is home to Fairweather Cottage. A place where they once shared a romantic holiday.
Despite the warmth of autumnal log fires, Kate and Martin find their relationship is still cool and things only get worse when they lose contact with the mainland, and find themselves inexplicably stranded.
One morning a bloodied military man appears seemingly out of nowhere with terrifying news -
a deadly airborne pandemic has broken out and is coming their way. Jack insists they seal themselves into the cottage to keep the fatal virus out.
Although unconvinced, Kate and Martin have little choice but to play along as Jack bit by bit seals the doors and windows. Even when he starts to board up the house, shutting them in entirely, Martin and Kate can’t agree on what to do.
With each nail that Jack hammers into the wooden doorframes, conflicts bubble to the surface, and Jack exploits the couple’s mistrust for his own ends.
But when Jack starts to turn abusive to Kate, she and Martin finally join forces to confront him.
In a series of tense twists the captive couple use all their ingenuity to try to escape from Jack, and from the retreat cottage that has become their prison.
And, just when it looks like they might gain the upper hand, a disturbing discovery turns everything upside down resulting in a violent and shocking conclusion.“