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The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Where is Alice Creed?
A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.
When The Disappearance of Alice Creed was released in 2009 I completely wrote it off. The title suggested it was just another in the pile of shitty horror movies that come out each year. I love horror, but good new films in the genre are few and far between. I don't think I even thought about this film again until I joined Letterboxd in April of 2012. I read some reviews for it that not only suggested I may have been wrong about it's quality but also it's genre. As it turns out The Disappearance of Alice Creed isn't a horror film at all. It's a crime/thriller that features only three actors and it's surprisingly good. Director J Blakeson making…
I'm actually a bit surprised that The Disappearance of Alice Creed is not in fact based on a play, so theatrical is its sensibility. More, I'm surprised it wasn't a play from the 60s or 70s, as it feels like some fantasy collaboration between Anthony Shaffer and Harold Pinter, with a few suggestions from Joe Orton thrown in to shock the audience. It's a great credit therefore to writer and director J Blakeson that his full feature directorial debut can not only recall such greats but play only to the strengths, avoiding the pitfalls, of the three hander constraints and styles of the very best theatre, as well as managing the sleight of hand to make a film whose limited…
I can really respect filmmakers that try to do something that is a bit different and attempt to surprise their audiences. For the better part of this film I thought they had succeeded pretty well. Up until the final act that is.
This film has a fantastic opening. It's crisp, fast and immediately sets the tone. It actually improves upon the opening by unfolding a story full of lovely surprises and twists. I was thoroughly entertained and hopeful that it would keep this up.
That, unfortunately did not happen. They make two mistakes. They never invest in the characters, so by default, neither do we. They also completely overplay their hand and fall into the trap so many other films fall into as well. Too much unpredictability becomes predictable. Which in this case robbed the ending of any impact whatsoever.
It is still worth a watch, but it is a huge shame this film entirely kills its own potential.
'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' opens with scary and cold efficiency. Two men stridently go about a mission that isn't immediately clear. They line the back of their van with plastic, then go shopping for a drill, a mattress and other tools that, for a while give indications that they are building a house - or maybe a bathroom like the one in 'Saw'. They enter a small flat where they assemble a bed that they nail to the floor and then add padding to the walls. They also kidnap a young girl and drag her kicking and screaming to the flat and tie her securely to that bed.
The girl, Alice (Gemma Arterton), is told that she's being held…
I must admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Gemma Arterton. Mainly from Bond but also from Tamara Drewe. I think a lot of her Hollywood output has not enabled her to showcase her skills. The Disappearance of Alice Creed however is a stunning performance from an actress whose potential remains untapped in the USA. Don't be fooled by the plummy accent, her dedication to the acting craft and adoption of method acting for Alice Creed shows she's eager to push on and become a real big star. Based on this, she's totally ready. Kinda sad this was three years back and she's still not getting choice roles stateside.
Another reviewer, Mr Mark C, noted that Alice…
With only three characters they do a really good job the movie has suspense and a few surprises. I like the detail in the opening sequence with the kidnappers. The character of Eddie Marsan as Vic I felt helped this movie a lot, he gives more depth to the kidnappers and doesnt make them just generic bad guys. There isn't any through the roof suspense but throughout the movie I kept wanting to see what would happen next. I did like the ending a lot, thought it was original. If you missed this it's worth your time.
A dark intense low budget thriller that's contained but not boring.
Really nice set, up and execution of the plot, and fast pacing character development really hooks you into the narrative of the story.
The drama, is really intense, and heart stopping and the performances are very well worth watching.
Finally a low budget feature I actually like.
Plot 'twists' so frequent they become redundant.
Interesting twists but nothing spectacular.
si è un po' perso sul finale tbh
Due ex galeotti, un ragazzo e un uomo maturo, rapiscono
una giovane per chiedere un grosso riscatto al ricco padre
Ma niente è come sembra.
Uno dei migliori thriller degli anni zero.
I bought this on a whim because it was super cheap and it actually turned out to be surprisingly good. It's a low-budget UK thriller from relatively unknown director J Blakeson, featuring three equally unknown actors.
The entirety of the picture focuses on three characters, Alice Creed and her two kidnappers. The premise is that she has been kidnapped in order for her rich father to fork out £2 million to said kidnappers. Most of the film is set in a flat where Alice is kept. so at first glance it could seem static. However, the build up of psychological tension and the odd plot twist keep the story fresh for the 90 minute duration.
Ik zou hem 4 sterren geven, ware het niet voor de allerlaatste scene. Spannende film, heel eenvoudig opgezet en toch emosjoneel complex. Moeite waard, maar zet hem 15 seconden voor het einde uit
Well this film took me by surprise. This was a blind buy and I'm very glad I bought it. It's funny that when I bought it, it then started appearing about online and was put in a best films set in one location list. Yes most of the film is in one location and moves about this location but does go to some other locations.
It's beautifully shot and has some great cinematography. All three actors do a great job, especially Gemma Arterton she gives an excellent performance. This is a film that added in something I wasn't expecting, that surprised me when it appeared on screen. There is a great amount of suspense. And one scene that had me worried as to what was going to happen. The story took me in completely, and kept my interest the whole way through. Brilliant cinematography, interesting story, an excellent thriller full of suspense and great performances.
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- Light Sleeper
- Afraid of the Dark
- The Medusa Touch
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Under the moonlight
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- Angels of Sex
These favorites are films with GLBT content that I'd recommend so far.
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