The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

(2009)

In this British thriller, two men (Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) meticulously prepare a small flat for the kidnapping of a young woman (Gemma Arterton, Prince of Persia). She is Alice Creed, daughter of a rich businessman. The plan is to tie her to the bed, hold her hostage and demanding a whopping ransom. But Alice isn't about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight.

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Splicing the extreme in with the everyday, the best British crime flicks (Dead Man’s Shoes, London To Brighton, Red Road) are as comfortable with cups of tea and mundane conversations as they are with car chases. From its ominous start, in which kidnappers Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston wordlessly purchase the tools of their new trade – saws, soundproofing, a drill – we’re clearly in safe cinematic hands. Just as the pair turn an ordinary flat into a cell for Arterton’s traumatised heiress, first-time writer/director Blakeson twists this kitchen-sink setting into an excellent little thriller.

Staying just the right side of sadistic, so we need to know what happens while praying that it won’t, the film escalates in a series of Pinter-ish power struggles, mainly between the naïve Compston, his mentor and his captive, none of whom are quite what they appear. Though we’ve trod this ground a few times before, the cast provide an acting masterclass – particularly the previously unheralded Compston – and Blakeson shoots his whipsmart script with flair and composure. One shot frames Compston through a microwave door as a ready-meal spins prosaically in the foreground, a witty visualisation of that drab/dramatic dynamic and a reminder of the trap he has set for himself.

Although it unravels a little in its later stages, this is one of the best and most confident British debuts since the thematically similar Shallow Grave – directed, lest we forget, by the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle. Tense, terse and beautifully crafted, it plays out with all the dread of a deadbolt hammering, inevitably, home.


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I really enjoyed this movie. I fault the trailer thought as it gives away too much. Read the reviews or take it on the fact that it's British. Given the story is one we've all seen before this is still well worth watching.


BY freshdude superstar

If you like thriller, you HAVE TO see this film. It genuinely is full of twists. Great !


Two men kidnap a girl, Alice Creed, and hold her for ransom. What makes this film interesting is the complex underlying relationship triangle that slowly reveals itself throughout the 110 minute running time. The movie never strays far from the holding room or the three characters, making it feel more welcoming to a stage play at times. Luckily, the plot twists are believable and are not at the least absurd, a trap that movies like this fall into. Tight direction, an involving script and superb... More performances guarantee that you’ll be hooked ‘til the credits roll. You‘ll also see boobies.Hide


This movie was a change from the norm... You leave the movie after 2 hours and you have forgotten it was a two room set (that is a rather genius undertaking). I'm not sure it is for everyone as most write ups about this movie give the impression it is a bit of a comedy of errors when it is more of a dark tale of irony.... there are no laughs and the word 'Tale' I have included for a reason.


BY D-F-Stuckey superstar

This film is a tiny little gem - Three characters, no dialogue for the first half hour though you *know* what is happening in the first five minutes, a tense concern for each character as they slowly reveal their personalities and motives, and plot twists that would make M. Night Shyamalan recall what it was like to be this good combine to tell a compelling tale of a simple and well-thought out crime ( A kidnapping) turn into a complex power play.
Eddie Marsan makes you wonder why he has been... More a second-string actor for so long, as his professional villain with a dream job brings menace and a little humour to the story, while Gemma Arterton shows just how underutilised her skills have been in such films as DEAL OR NO DEAL or PRINCE OF PERSIA; Martin Compston does the conflicted younger crim to perfection and his frustrations and troubles carrying out his part of the plans is beautifully played.
This is the sort of film that should be seen by more people than it currently will be, but hopefully enough people will see it to start a word-of-mouth to encourage the makers to do this again - Make a practically perfect film.Hide


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  • A small but perfectly formed crime drama. And, without making a fuss, a proper nail-biter, too Full Review

  • Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing, The Disappearance of Alice Creed marks an auspicious feature debut for writer-director J Blakeson. Full Review

  • A glum British kidnap movie in which writer-director J Blakeson manages to generate tension and some suspense, never rises above the mechanical and contrived, finally lapsing into the improbable. Full Review

  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed will keep your attention, but you may walk away thinking you've seen something like it before: "Sleuth," with more sex and violence. Full Review

  • Crisp handling, some clever twists and a welcome streak of dry humor hold attention throughout Full Review

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