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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

[6.25/10] The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)


The Disappearance of
Alice Creed
(2010)


"The Disappearance of Alice Creed" tells the story of two ex-cons, who kidnap Alice Creed, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and hold her for ransom in their dingy apartment. The crime is executed with brisk efficiency, but then things begin to slowly fall apart. Despite its minimal use of actors, scenery and locations, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is actually quite well-made, clever and tense. There are literally no other persons here, except for the three main actors, and the majority of the movie takes place in a small apartment. The cinematography is precise to say the least, and J Blakeson's direction impresses. This low budget Brit thriller has a few slightly predictable, but nevertheless interesting plot twists and a solid dose of suspense. The acting is absolutely top-notch, with Gemma Arterton as the title character being the standout. Hands down, her best performance so far. Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston are both very convincing as the in love gay couple kiddnapers. Compston, in particular, develops his character pretty well. Unfortunately, I was struggling to find sympathy for any of the character. They all turned from cold to hot in just a blink, whick make them hard-to-like. Alice Creed gets no back story, we don't know enough about her and therefore, we just don't care a lot about her. Well-acted, taut and compelling, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is a little gem of a thriller. Far from amazing and ultimately forgettable though.

  • My Rating: 6.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% (6.9/10)
  • IMDb: 7.0/10

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

I haven't seen most of your new reviewed films but I want to watch this film so bad, I don't know why, though you have given it an average rating.

Nebular said...

I watched all these films in the last 5-6 days of my leave. I was so happy when I was finally able to see it, but unfortunately it wasn't as great as I was expected it to be. Yes, it was tense, twisted and extremely well-acted, and yet, its limited settings and characters made me a bit disappointed.