The Retreat (2020) Movie Review

Director: Bruce Wemple

Writer: Bruce Wemple (Screenplay)

Starring: Grant Schumacher, Dylan Grunn, Chris Cimperman, Rick Montgomery Jr, Peter Stray, Ariella Mastroianni, Catharine Daddario

Plot: A man finds himself alone and lost after a horrifying encounter with a monster during a backpacking trip into the Adirondack High Peaks. Now, he must fight for his life, and sanity, as he battles the evil Native American legend, The Wendigo.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Retreat starts when two friends Gus (Schumacher) and Adam (Grunn) head of for a hiking trip for the bachelor event for Adam, where they do get warned about the appearance of the Wendigo.

After an attack during the night Gus can’t remember what happened, only he finds Adam’s body, Gus is caught up in trying to remember, with a Therapist (Stray) trying to get him to open up about the truth before it is too late, uncovering a truth that Gus might not want to talk about.

Thoughts on The Retreat

Final Thoughts The Retreat follows two friends that on a hiking trip make an encounter with the Wendigo monster lurking in the woods, one that starts to hunt them down, with consequences one simply can’t deal with. This story has been done before, seeing one person start to lose their mind in a remote area, this time being the woods where their hiker trip is taking place. We do jump between time, with a therapy session going on, asking the lead character whether he remembers what happened, leaving us to be left in the middle of what Gus is going through. Grant Schumacher in the leading role does give us the strongest performance as we see how he is caught up in the middle of learning the truth, showing the unease mindset his character is going through, we also get a nice creature creation, that slowly get more involved through the film, lurking in the shadows to start with. We also fall into the problem of turning to, too many different endings, where it cleaned up before pulling the rug away heading in another direction too many times.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – B – The Back-Up Plan (2010)

Director: Alan Poul

Writer: Kate Angelo (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen, Anthony Anderson, Noureen DeWulf


Plot: A woman conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.

Tagline – Fall in love.* Get married. Have a baby. *Not necessarily in that order.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes


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Verdict: Just Not Funny


Story: The Back-Up Plan starts when career minded Zoe (Lopez) decides she wants to start a family, she turns to having artificial insemination, only in the taxi ride home she meets Stan (O’Loughlin) and the two have an instant connection.

As the two start dating, Zoe must bring Stan the news that she is pregnant which will build tension between the two could ruin things before they even get started.


Thoughts on The Back-Up Plan


Characters – Zoe is a pet shop owner that has spent most of her life focusing on her career, now she wants to a family and decides to become artificial inseminated, not thinking it would work first time, she meets her dream guy only for her to need to explain her decision. She is a strange character because she comes off all professional, only to be clumsy and rude in her behaviour, explaining why she was single in the first place. Stan is the small town cheese farmer that walks into Zoe’s life changing it after she decides to have a baby. This is another frustratingly written character because you clearly know he is in a position of money and the struggle wouldn’t be there. The rest of the characters we meet are the mother and father the two talk to about the incoming child and the support group Zoe joins.

PerformancesJennifer Lopez doesn’t give her best performance as she doesn’t handle any of the comedy in the film well enough. There is a reason why Alex O’Loughlin hasn’t gone onto being in many films, he just isn’t leading man material.

StoryThe story does have a serious idea of a woman who wants a family making a big decision only for the man of her dreams to walk into her life. The problem comes with just how overly unrealistic the situation feels. The two characters are meant to be everyday, though they have both come from money which takes this away, we only look at the worst from pregnancy and fails to truly focus on the idea that a man would be willing to help father a child that isn’t his. The story does need a much more serious tone even if it does get a couple of laughs along the way.

Romance/ComedyThe comedy misses on nearly ever occasion with the only laughs coming from the dog, the romance is one of those Hollywood love stories of two people that are clearly fictional falling in love at the wrong time.

SettingsThe setting puts us in a random setting, well I couldn’t tell which city it is without any iconic locations.

Scene of the Movie –
Most scenes with the dog.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Stew moment.

Final ThoughtsThis is a rom com that misses way too often, it does have a good idea, but it just doesn’t hit those important moments it could have.


Overall: Sloppy rom com.