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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

By Newguy

creedDirector: J Blakeson

Writer: J Blakeson (Screenplay)

Starring: Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan, Gemma Arterton

Plot: 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.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: On the Edge Thriller

Story: The Disappearance of Alice Creed starts when Vic (Marsan) and Danny (Compston) preparing for their kidnapping job, right down to the smallest details. Once prepared the two capture their target Alice Creed (Arterton) as they return her to the hideout where the send out the photographs waiting for a ransom to come through.

As the film unfolds we see how far Vic & Danny need to go to make sure they get the money but Vic running the show starts to see Danny acting out of character as the reality of what they are doing is becoming too much for him as the twists are ready to unfold along the way.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a crime thriller that does do something very interesting to the kidnapping sub-genre, we have always seen this from the victim’s family point of view but with this one we only see the kidnappers side of the story. the story is filled with twists but unfortunately they are the downfall for this film because it turns into a greed consuming film when it set everything up to be a clean cut job that would get the job done without a hitch. There is no doubting this will keep you in edge throughout but just be aware that the experts end up making rookie mistakes.

Actor Review

Gemma Arterton: Alice Creed is the daughter of a rich man who has become the target of the two criminals. She does have a connection with one of them and has to try and use as much know how to escape the situation alive. Gemma gives us a brave performance having to take part in a few risk filled scenes.


Martin Compston: Danny is the younger of the two kidnappers, he has a connection with Alice while trying to play Vic along the way. You can see him get conflicted about what is happening because of his connection. Martin is good in this role working well with the other two members of the cast.

Eddie Marsan: Vic is the experienced kidnapper that has planned everything down perfectly, or so he thinks. He controls each situation as it unfolds and has the dealings with the family who will be paying the ransom. Eddie is good in this role showing how he is in control.

Support Cast: The Disappearance of Alice Creed doesn’t have any more members in the cast.

Director Review: J BlakesonJ gives us a very good thriller that keeps us on edge throughout and feels fresh in the genre.

Crime: The Disappearance of Alice Creed puts us into a planned kidnap of rich girl to show us the crime side of the story without being involved in the actual ransom side.

Thriller: The Disappearance of Alice Creed keeps us on edge from start to finish.

Settings: The Disappearance of Alice Creed uses the setting to show the isolation needed to make this happen.

Suggestion: The Disappearance of Alice Creed is one that I would suggest to people to watch. (Watch)

Best Part: Fresh take on the genre.

Worst Part: The ending, too much spoilers given for full reasons.

Believability: The start feels like it could be real but I feel the ending doesn’t.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $800,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Trivia: The first word is spoken 5 minutes and 25 seconds into the film. Roughly another 4 minutes pass before the next one is spoken.

Overall: Smart thriller that kind of fizzles out by the end.



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