Monday, August 9, 2010

The disappearance of Alice Creed

Director and writer: J Blakeson
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, and Eddie Marsan

This is a scary, dark and clever thriller. Vic (the marvellous Eddie Marsan), and his younger accomplice Danny (Martin Compston), plan to make a load of money by kidnapping a millionaire’s daughter (Alice Creed - Gemma Arterton) and holding her for ransom. The simple but dastardly plot goes a rye when Alice proves a challenging hostage and brings out the best and worst in her captors. One of the most endearing aspects to this movie is the writer finds so many credible ways for fate and treachery to make the situation increasingly precarious. This alone will assure the movie get cult status. The film does contain some graphic violence and nudity and with only three speaking roles and basically two sets, a lot of dramatic weight falls on the shoulders of the actors and they completely deliver.
If you liked Shallow Grave and Deathtrap, then this is a movie for you.

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