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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2009
  • J Blakeson
  • 95 mins
  • 18

Summary

Thriller starring Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan. Two men kidnap a young woman and demand £2 million from her wealthy father, but their meticulously planned scheme soon goes violently wrong.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

British writer/director J Blakeson's debut feature opens with a brilliantly executed, dialogue-free scene, in which Vic (Eddie Marsan) and his young sidekick Danny (Martin Compston) prepare to commit a crime with painstaking precision. But after they actually kidnap spoilt rich girl Alice (Gemma Arterton), things become a lot more mundane. The film sometimes feels like a tightly controlled exercise in low-budget film-making - with only three characters and two main locations - but Blakeson uses the hothouse atmosphere and claustrophobia to good effect. Where he falls down is with some clunky dialogue and a series of plot twists and turns that are nowhere near as surprising or shocking as intended. However, the film looks stylish, the performances are uniformly intense and energetic (although the characters are less than sympathetic), and there's enough tension to keep you gripped to the end.

Credits

Cast

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Alice CreedGemma Arterton
DannyMartin Compston
VicEddie Marsan

Crew

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DirectorJ Blakeson

Details

Theatrical distributor
CinemaNX Distribution
Released on
2010-04-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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