Reviews and Problems with The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
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A very impressive debut feature
22 May 2013
Summary: Extremely tense, beautifully shot, generally well (if not quite brilliantly) acted, this is a clever and effective exercise on making an exciting film on a tiny budget. Even though about 75% of this kidnapping tale takes place in a two room apartment, director/writer Blakeson finds enough effective and compelling ways to photograph his tiny set, and enough sharp plot twists and reveals that any claustrophobia becomes a plus not a problem.
Summary: This is a fine example of what can be done with a small budget but a decent script and some good actors. The cast is precisely three and rarely can a film have ever been made that has the entire screen time taken up by so few people. This makes the film quite claustrophobic which is a pretty effective technique given the plot.
Passable thriller that rings a little hollow on occasion
8 April 2013
Summary: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is a three-hander that sees spoilt rich kid Gemma Arterton kidnapped by a couple of goons and tied to a bed while they demand a ransom from her father. That's the entirety of the plot; of course, it's little to sustain a ninety-minute running time with that alone, so the scriptwriter has to come up with twist upon twist to keep the viewer guessing as the running time progresses. I was in two minds about this film.
Excerpt: A young woman is abducted off the street and kept imprisoned while her two kidnappers decide how best to extract the ransom from her father. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed puts a different spin on the kidnap story, concentrating as it does on the relationship between the kidnappers and victim rather than the police investigation and search.
Summary: Vic & Danny kidnap Alice for money. A few twists and only one actor remains in the end. Only three actors in the whole film and all did well. With so many kidnap films I expected more or less the usual, but this one is centered on the three characters and nothing more. Refreshing.
Summary: While there were good point to the movie - I just felt there was something missing - it felt like a half-finished film to me. Performances are for the most part adequate, but the sparse story leaves a bit to be desired.
Excerpt: IJzersterke thriller en subliem gespeeld, waarin een jonge vrouw wordt ontvoerd voor losgeld. Ik ga niets over de inhoud verklappen en ook niet over het einde, want deze film laat je tot op het allerlaatste moment op het puntje van je stoel zitten. Aanrader van hoog niveau, vergelijkbaar met Kiss the Girls.