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:: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Is this the thriller of the year? Some will be put off by the fact that ‘The Disappearance Of Alice Creed’ takes place with only three characters on screen and largely in just one small apartment… but if you avoid this film because of those reasons you are doing yourself a large injustice, as this is an amazing film that has to be seen to be believed.

Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) are two criminals who believe they have just reached pay-dirt when they kidnap Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), the daughter of a rich family who are willing to pay a large sum of money to get her back. Vic has organized the kidnapping down to the final detail so nothing can go wrong… can it? What he doesn’t account for is the large amount of lies and secrets that are flying around.

Screenwriter/director, J.Blakeson has done brilliantly well to create such a terrific low budget thriller. History tells us that one-set movies rarely have enough in them to keep the audience entertained but ‘The Disappearance Of Alice Creed’ doesn’t fall into that trap. It works because Blakeson has created some ingenious characters and some exceptional twists and turns in the plot that constantly has you wondering what will happen next. The other good thing is the fact that Blakeson doesn’t hold back… the scenes are gritty and confronting and while some audience members may feel uncomfortable it is certainly proof that Blakeson has the skills to become a very important filmmaker.

Acting-wise the stand-out is Gemma Arterton. You get the feeling that she landed her roles in ‘Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’ and ‘Clash Of The Titans’ based on her looks but here they aren’t something she can hide behind. This is a demanding role that calls for every piece of acting ability she has… and she pulls it off to a T. She is also well supported by Compston and Marsan who also excel in their challenging roles. Together these three make the perfect cast… an important thing as you get the feeling that weak performances would have dragged this film into the “unwatchable” category. Kudos go to the three.

‘The Disappearance Of Alice Creed’ isn’t for the faint-hearted and to be honest some audience members are likely to be repulsed by the film, but if you are in the mood for a excellent thriller that constantly keeps you guessing then this is the film for you. Blakeson could well be the next ‘big thing’ when it comes to directors. A fine film guaranteed to become a sleeper hit.