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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…
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.
Impressive three-hander that features multiple twists based upon character duplicity as an antithesis to the increasingly tiresome and slightly obnoxious "puzzle film" genre films like the Ocean's series or Now You See Me etc. Eddie Marsan is on stellar form as per usual, so the surprise performance is actually Gemma Arteton's - an actor I had previously pretty much written off. The film is, sadly, a little let down by a somewhat formulaic ending that could and should have been better written if - as one other reviewer has suggested - the filmmakers had more faith in the strength of the characters. All in all, though, a very good British crime thriller.
Die zwei Gauner Vic (Eddie Marsan) und Danny (Martin Compston) entführen die aus wohlhabenden Hause stammende Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), um ein stattliches Lösegeld zu kassieren. Der Plan scheint aufzugehen, bis es kurz vor der Übergabe zu Problemen kommt…
In meinem Blog stelle ich den Film etwas genauer vor:
Much like YOU'RE NEXT, this film fulfills genre tropes while elevating them to an art form. Not a frame or line of dialogue is wasted; like the kidnapping of poor (but not so poor in the end) Alice Creed, everything is meticulously planned and executed with a professionalism and speed that belies the grim subtext and compromised relationships of the film.
Δύο τύποι απάγουν νεαρή κοπέλα και την οδηγούν σε απομονωμένη κατοικία,προκειμένου να εισπράξουν λύτρα.
Έξοχο αγγλικό θρίλερ δωματίου(μιας και σχεδόν όλη η ταινία διαδραματίζεται στην προαναφερόμενη κατοικία) ενώ δεν παίζει κανείς άλλος παρά μόνο αυτοί οι τρεις.Φτάνουν και περισσεύουν όμως αυτά,καθώς υπάρχουν δυο-τρεις εκπλήξεις που ανατρέπουν την ιστορία,η ένταση είναι διαρκής,οι ηθοποιοί άψογοι(να ξαναπώ κάτι για την Gemma Arterton;) και το τραγούδι που ακούγεται στο τέλος της Ιρλανδής Cathy Davey (την οποία ομολογουμένως αγνοούσα) είναι απίθανο. Για του λόγου το αληθές : www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZQYT1MjlO0 .Και την ταινία να μη δείτε,ακούστε το.Αξίζει.
What intrigues me of this movie is how it focuses on relationships among the three characters and their psychology rather then the crime itself. If you pretend there is no hole in the screenplay (yes, nineninenine, I'm looking at you), it is a pretty good movie.
Bechdel test: fail
A young woman gets abducted & brought to a remote building , Where she gets bound & gagged & a ransom demand gets sent to her rich father, But like any great thriller things never go the way its planned , Excellent twisting Brit thriller
An excellent three-hander that twists and turns in plausible but still surprising ways. All three cast members are very good. The pacing is perfectly gauged too.
What might a person do for love or money? Certainly no run of the mill film. Really good wordless opening. Just left with the feeling that it might have been even better if...
It's hard to criticise this competent micro-thriller too much but, despite some intriguing thematic ideas and a barrage of twists and turns, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" lacks a certain spark. While the performances are uniformly good and the direction economical, the film feels like a slog despite its lean 100-minute running time; as the twists pile up, the experience is ultimately exhausting instead of enlightening.
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