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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.
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…
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 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…
The first ten minutes are a great example of silent exposition. The next 90 are great too.
I liked it, it was very well acted, and actually reminded me of a play somewhat. It was a little sparse in the character development area, but as a whole, a nice enjoyable flick.
Great little thriller. Tense and well-acted.
A great thriller with a lot big surprises. I reallly thought the movie was going to go into a really dark place, but it pulls back.
This brilliantly British, low-budget thriller is taught, tense and twisty, and relies upon a cast of just three, all of whom are excellent. Avoid the trailer at all costs; this is best seen cold. It's gritty, dark and spare in staging - and all the better for it.
A competent but contrived kidnap thriller tied together by three fantastic performances.
I wasn't really sure what to think about this one. I don't know if I can say it feels more like it's made for TV, but something seems a bit off about it. On the other hand, it is really well put together and it consistently keeps you guessing. It's a really good piece of entertainment and I can't really put my finger on what the more negative side could be.
The initial scenes are pretty harrowing because they depict what is involved in a kidnapping. It's performed efficiently and it feels pretty brutal, even though this is probably the minimal amount of brutality you could hope for from a realistic kidnapping. The kidnappers are cold and calculating and have…
**Part of 'The Greatest One Location Films Ever?' list**
J Blakeson's directorial debut has been described as a 'one location' film in some circles.. Allow me to put that suggestion firmly in the bin. It is far from it. Granted there is a great majority of the film in the apartment where our two male protagonists hold poor Alice Creed hostage whilst awaiting the £2m in exchange for her safe return, but in a film that flits between a kidnapping, to an apartment, to a second setting of a derelict barn/warehouse, to a car, to a desolate road - can't be in the 'one location' category in my view.
Having said that, it's a great, little, British indie flick. Tense,…
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