The Disappearance Of Alice Creed

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A British kidnap-thriller film starring Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan.

It starts with a tightly-editied almost dialogue-free section showing Martin and Eddie’s characters making preparations and planning before performing the kidnap itself. It is a brilliant 20 minutes or so that oozes brutal emotionless efficiency and tension without resorting to violence. After this it looks like the story might be taking an even more sinister turn, but big reveals about the background of the characters changes the picture completely.

For the most part it is a very effective thriller, but some of the plot machinations are a bit clumsy and the script occasionally feels a little unrefined.

The final tie-up is serviceable, but the final credits are brilliant. A Cathy Davey song ‘Holy Moly’ starts and the screen fills with some apparently abstract lines. As the camera pulls out they turn out to be roads that sit onto of a satellite image of the area in question.

So a brilliant start, a serviceable centre a some great end credits from a small crew. And a very appropriate title for a change.

3 on 5

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan
Director: J Blakeson
UK Release: 30 April 2010


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