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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

August 06, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

98 min.

Studio

Anchor Bay Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

J Blakeson

Producer

Adrian Sturges

Screenwriter

J Blakeson

Starring

Story


Two men - one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand - line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, a mattress, and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.

The kidnappers are Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), two ex-cons planning to make a mint on the ransom for the young woman. The younger, nervier of the two, Danny defers to the more experienced Vic, who acts with a steely conviction. Their hostage is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a rich businessman, chosen by Vic and Danny as their passport to a better life. Terrified and immobile at first, it soon becomes clear that Alice isn't about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. As determined to escape as Vic and Danny are to succeed, Alice enters into a battle of wills that strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to the breaking point, with Vic and Danny's foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..well acted and sufficiently tense..”
by Mike Hale [NY Times]
“..Saying too much would ruin the fun..”
by Amy Biancolli [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]