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  1. Dec 12, 2014
    6
    "The Retrieval", by Chris Eska is a Civil War drama that follows a two assistants of bounty hunters (Ashton Sanders and Keston John) as they search for and bring back a man (Tishuan Scott) who killed some of their partners in crime. This is a great example of good low-budget film-making. The actors are all good and the story is very interesting. Tishuan Scott especially shines in this"The Retrieval", by Chris Eska is a Civil War drama that follows a two assistants of bounty hunters (Ashton Sanders and Keston John) as they search for and bring back a man (Tishuan Scott) who killed some of their partners in crime. This is a great example of good low-budget film-making. The actors are all good and the story is very interesting. Tishuan Scott especially shines in this movie as the "victim" of the bounty hunters. It is a well-scripted movie that deals with great themes such as race, money, and compassion. However, with the low budget, the look of the film is not on par with the other elements. It has a very low-budge vibe throughout the movie. As the story flows, there are certain characters that don't really serve any purpose but to add sympathy. This is alright, but the movie glances over some of these moments and does not give enough time to show us the real drama behind it. As far as low-budget movies go, this is one of the better ones; but with a low-budget comes a few amateurish flaws. 6/10. Expand
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 15, 2014
    80
    The Retrieval comes at you like a haunting slip of a memory, one that writer-director Chris Eska retrieves from a mostly forgotten era in unforgettable ways.
  2. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 30, 2014
    78
    Although Eska’s story is fairly simple (and created prior to "12 Years a Slave"" and "Django Unchained," which made slavery-era films part of our contemporary dialogue), it’s an emotionally rich tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 24, 2014
    80
    It is indeed a beautiful film, but with each horizon tinged with sadness.