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The Disappearance of Alice Creed [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: J. Blakeson
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TS36N8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton star in this British thriller. Hardened criminal Vic (Marsan) and his younger accomplice Danny (Compston) kidnap Alice (Arterton) from a suburban street. Gagging her and tying her to a bed in a purposely soundproofed flat, the two men plan to negotiate a large ransom from Alice's millionaire father before fleeing the country. But while Vic seems confident that their plan will succeed, Danny cannot entirely suppress his misgivings. Meanwhile, Alice refuses to play the role of victim, and it quickly becomes evident that she will not give in without a fight.

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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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I'm just going to say that this film is a very good low budget British made crime thriller, starring Gemma Arterton , Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston.
It just goes to prove that watchable thrillers can be made without having to have a massive multi million pound budget.

It kept me hooked from start to finish!!! Well worth adding to your film collection.
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Great movie.
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Very good film
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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2010
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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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Ask me to name my top 5 British actors of the moment and the name Eddie Marsan will instantly pop into my mind. He is best known as a character actor playing quiet fathers in the likes of `Sixty Six', but more often as a simmering borderline psychopath in the likes of `Tyrannosaur' and here in `The Disappearance of Alison Creed'. Marsan plays one of three characters who appear in `Alice'; Gemma Arterton is Alice a girl kidnapped for her father's money and Martin Compston plays Danny the criminal partner to Marsan's bullying Vic. As a triple header the film is going to rest heavily on the shoulders of its leads and as an acting tour de force they all do well.

Marsan is excellent as ever, giving sympathy to a character that would not normally have any. Arterton is also good as Alice, but she is not given that much of a role when compared to the others. The weakest link is Compston, he is reasonable, but I don't think he was able to portray the shifty nature of the character who becomes the crux of the plot. It is this plot that is the weakest element of the film. The initial story and twists work well, but after a while they become too signposted and the film suddenly gets a stagy feel. The ending is also a little disappointing, settling on the type of conclusion that so many of this type of film rest on. I thought that with the initial intelligent opening that scriptwriter/director Blakeson may have conjured up a little more.

2 out of 3 strong performances are not enough to lift this stagey film above the average and Blakeson direction also does not do enough. The film is obviously low budget, being set in only a few rooms, but the direction is a little uninspiring relying on a script for the punches that I feel never arrived.
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