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The Disappearance of Alice Creed [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: J. Blakeson
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TS36MY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,708 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2010
Format: DVD
Whether you buy into its storyline of a crime that doesn't exactly go to plan or whether some of the events and twists seem a little far-fetched, The Disappearance of Alice Creed has at least one element that distinguishes it from the many modern British crime films - someone has at least taken the effort to come up with a worthwhile script that pays attention to characterisation and the mechanics of plot development.

That person is first-time writer/director J. Blakeson and careful consideration of who the characters are and how they develop over the course of the meticulously paced film ensure that The Disappearance of Alice Creed is constantly inventive and entertaining. And it needs to be - an independent production, shot on the Isle of Man on a low-budget, with only three characters seen over the length of the entire film, the action confined to only one or two locations where a young woman had been kidnapped and held for ransom by two clearly ruthless criminals - you're going to need some clever writing and plot developments to keep the viewer hooked.

You need more than a good script actually, you need good actors who can deliver it and make it work, and this is where the film's other strength lies - Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston. These are challenging roles - not least for Arterton, who is brutally manhandled in the opening sequences of the film - but each of the characters have strengths and weaknesses that are gradually and dangerously exploited, shifting the balance of power between them on several occasions, and the actors prove to be more than capable of stretching to the dynamic that the roles demand.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (TDOAC) stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) as our titular rich-girl who is kidnapped in order to extort money from her reputedly very-rich father. The kidnappers, two ex-cons Vic (Eddie Marsan - Sherlock Holmes) and Danny (Martin Compston - The Damned United) are seemingly extremely well prepared and motivated; fortifying & soundproofing the flat before bringing Alice there and tying her up, but the interaction between the three is not as straight-forward as it first seems...

TDOAC starts with a very snappy set of shots of the kidnappers preparing, the initial 5 minutes of the film are completely wordless which absolutely captivated my attention, dying for someone to explain just what was going on. The rest of the film follows suit well with the dialogue being terse, concise and emotive and the majority of the experience taking place in the munited two-room flat in a nameless part of Scotland.

The acting is unparalleled as the relationships between the trio develop; Arterton plays the distressed & humiliated daughter perfectly making you feel for the character, whilst Eddie Marson fills the role of the domineering, psychotic and violent ex-convict with great flair. The man-of-the-match, as it were, has to be Martin Compston who really gets to work through the full emotional range with his Janusian character adding most of the drama and intrigue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 15 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This surprised me by batting way above my expectations. Although a few small elements finger its origins as a moderately low budget thriller (they never show or explain HOW Alice is kidnapped, just show her getting stuffed into a van, which struck me as a great way to get around a thorny script problem), the vast majority of the film is a very tautly held tension thriller.
Alice is played with great bravery by Gemma Arterton, going through abduction, nudity, and various other humiliations for the role. Her character is excellently convincing as remarkably normal, and she pulls off all of the scenes with great aplomb, regardless of whether they're anger or emotion. Young actor Martin Compston is also surprisingly good as the younger of the kidnapping duo, 'Danny', playing a role that requires him to shift emotions and behaviour in some pretty radical directions. Delivering just the right mix of insolence, uncertainty and fear, he's extremely good. Eddie Marsan plays the older and more frighteningly unpredictable of the kidnappers - a man with a violent past and some clear aggression issues. Never a fan of him in the past, I was glad to see this is his best performance to date, playing his role terrifically. The whole film is a 3-hander, relying on the leads playing against each other in a small selection of locations, the main one being the flat they've so meticulously soundproofed and fortified at the beginning. With superb performances like this, I didn't notice the numbers, and was in fact extremely surprised when the cast list rolled past and I realised they'd carried off the whole movie without having any need for anybody else. That, I think above all else, is a sign of just how well it's been done. There are a lot of moments of real tension and panic, some believable mind games, and some very effective twists. On the basis of this blisteringly good little movie, director J Blakeson should have a bright future ahead of him.
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