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The Disappearance of Alice Creed [Blu-ray]

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On a suburban street, two masked men seize a young woman. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic (Eddie Marsan) and his younger accomplice Danny (Martin Compston), have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim - she's not giving in without a fight. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review May 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Worth the two hours of viewing. As good if not better than the stage play. A British gem dramatised to perfection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un bon film Oct. 17 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Un bon film, meilleur que beaucoup de films Américains. C'est rafraichissant. Pas de traduction française. Je dirais que c'est plus un film de location par contre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive debut feature. May 22 2013
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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.

There are a few times when credulity is stretched, and a few plot turns that have that sense of being a ‘clever
twist’ instead of something organic to the characters or the story (you can feel them as they’re where the
acting is less strong, you can see the actors strain to make them ‘work’), but neither shortcoming is enough
to keep this from being a highly entertaining, and even ultimately oddly touching nail-biter.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This will have you on the edge of your seat... Dec 21 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Alice Creed is snatched off the street and kept blindfolded and tied to a bed in a soundproofed apartment by a seemingly well-organized pair of kidnappers looking to collect a sizable ransom from Alice's wealthy father. Greed and deception erode the situation as twists in allegiances are revealed that make the film spectacularly suspenseful. This is a fast-paced, gripping thriller that is really well put-together. The whole thing is actually quite bare bones, with only three actors and using mainly one setting. Yet thanks to smart directing and some truly unpredictable twists it remains terrific. This is also aided by some really forceful performances, particularly Gemma Arterton as Alice Creed. Taut and tense, The Disappearance of Alice Creed delivers.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Thriller Nov. 4 2010
By Erica Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I had heard a lot of people recommend this to me before I finally saw it, so my expectations were high. After the opening five minutes my expectations were met and the stakes even raised. I really don't want to give anything away here as the less you know about the movie going in the better, but don't go into it thinking it's on par with a "Reservoir Dogs" or a "Saw." It's very, very good and the directing makes it claustrophobic and scary, but by the end of the film it has slipped into more than a few genre cliches that let out a little steam but not TOO much.

All you need to know about the plot is that there are these two men who go through an elaborate series of preparations before kidnapping a young woman, Alice Creed, off the street. One of the most fun things about the movie is how the power shifts from one character to another to another and you're never certain who has the upperhand, who is lying or who will "win" the day. In this way, it is very similar to "Shallow Grave." Eddie Marsan plays the older of the two kidnappers and you've seen him in movies before but never this good. He is very impressive here.

A good one to check out but make sure you have enough time to watch it straight through as the pacing is relentless and you won't be able to turn it off once it begins.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bond Girl in Bondage Jan. 22 2012
By The JuRK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There really isn't a whole lot I can tell you about THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED. I happened on to it, started watching it...expected to lose interest...and then kept thinking, "Oh, wow, that's different."

What got me to start watching was Gemma Arterton, a "Bond girl" from the last 007 entry, QUANTUM OF SOLACE. She's gorgeous and very watchable. At the beginning of this film, she's snatched off a street, cuffed, gagged, hooded and dragged into a sound-proof apartment. She's also stripped and redressed.

And just when you think you're going to lose interest..."Wow, that's different."

So I'm not going to discuss anymore about this interesting, twisting little film of only three characters.

Just check it out.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Aug. 30 2010
By Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I took a chance in buying this via video on demand and enjoyed it. From the opening scene as the kidnappers prepare their place for the captive, there really aren't any dull moments and even though all of the actors are no-name, they did a good job with the script. There were several points where you could feel the tension and you weren't sure whether the girl or the kidnappers would come out on top. Like one reviewer said already, there are a few twists (though one you will probably see coming) that keep you guessing how the movie will end. It won't win any Oscars, but it was definitely entertaining.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first-time director with a thriller that delivers! Nov. 28 2010
By The Matrix Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is an amazing film. While it didn't have an enormous Hollywood advertising budget, it has the potential to gain popularity though positive word of mouth. Here's hoping this review can spread the word.

The movie opens in an unconventional way...there was no title screen. This was done on purpose, since the writer/director J Blakeson wanted to put us right into the story, and it was quite effective.

I was very impressed by another non-conventional technique: for the first 6 minutes of the film, not a single word is spoken. All we see are two men preparing to do (what we assume are) heinous things. It establishes the mood very effectively - cold, calculating men with a crime to commit.

Over the course of the movie, we learn that kidnapping is a crime with a certain level of intimacy that other crimes don't have. Since the victim has to be cared for, clothed and fed, these two kidnappers become surrogate parents. As a result, there is a lot of emotional transference between all three characters. There are plot twists and revelations throughout the film and this keeps the audience guessing what the final outcome will be, right up to the very end.

Gemma Arterton did a phenomenal job as Alice Creed. Her emotions and reactions felt very true to life; she sold every single scene with her portrayals of fear, despair, humiliation, and empowerment.

Martin Compston was an excellent casting choice as Danny. He reminds me of a young Edward Norton - just as charismatic and professional. Martin had to cover a very broad range of emotions in this movie (no spoilers, I promise!) and he always delivered the goods.

I haven't seen Eddie Marsan in his other films - he did an excellent job as Vic. I was genuinely scared of this character throughout the film...his icy demeanor and minimal dialogue made him even more frightening.

It's clear from the director's commentary track that J Blakeson enjoyed making this film and has nothing but the highest respect and admiration for all 3 of his actors and the 30-odd people that composed his movie crew. He talked about difficult filming conditions due to weather and fading daylight, he expressed genuine concern for each of his actors and their peace of mind, and he said that making a feature film was his dream come true.

In a very touching moment, at the very end of the commentary you can hear J Blakeson tearing up as he gives thanks to his mother and father, right before he invites us back for his next film, whatever that may be.

DVD Extras:

(1) "Phones" deleted scene with optional director commentary (A good scene, but for this type of movie, cutting down the dialogue was very effective).
(2) "Alice gets the gun" extended scene with optional director commentary (Another good scene but it was initially too long. It's nice to see the scene in its entirety).
(3) Outtakes - 4:16 minutes of clips, we watch the cast get a healthy dose of the giggles during various scenes.
(4) Storyboard Comparison - Shows a split-screen of the intro sequence and the "Alice gets the gun" scene.
(5) Theatrical Trailer

The only negative point that comes to mind: because a few scenes were edited for time, some character motivations are unclear. However, by watching the deleted/extended scenes, this helps to clear up some of the confusion.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed reminded me of Memento in several ways - both movies were done by fledgling filmmakers, both had a minimal cast, and both stories were extremely well written.

We've seen Christopher Nolan's career rise to dizzying heights...who knows what J Blakeson could do with a bigger budget and faith from the powers that be?

I can't wait to see what he'll bring us in the future.

Enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected Sept. 4 2011
By Nev Okyay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is a hostage plan gone wrong in spite of meticulous planning. From the beginning to the end it is exciting and completely unpredictable.

The two ex convicts Vic (Eddie Marsan's character) and Danny (Martin Compston's character) put into action a plan to take hostage a rich family's only daughter Alice (Gemma Arterton's character) for ransom. I can't give anything else because it will ruin the experience, but trust me on this, this is a good thriller. You would think that with just a few actors it will be a boring movie, but this movie is anything but boring.

There may be objectionable material for some viewers (explicit sex scenes).

Thumbs up, highly recommended.
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