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The Disappearance of Alice Creed [Blu-ray]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040J1RZ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,572 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By Diran B. Horozian on 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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By Mathieu P on 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 By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 22 2013
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 By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 57 people found the following review helpful
A Fast-Paced Thriller Nov. 4 2010
By Erica Hughes - Published on
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 22 people found the following review helpful
A Bond Girl in Bondage Jan. 22 2012
By The JuRK - Published on
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 12 people found the following review helpful
Great movie Aug. 30 2010
By Jones - Published on
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Twisty British Thriller That Shouldn't Be Spoiled by Spoilers Dec 3 2010
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Sometimes the less you know about a movie, the more pleasantly surprising it can be. I, for one, had no fore knowledge of "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" and, consequently, rather limited expectations. So when I sat down with friends and plugged "Disappearance" into the DVD player, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. And for once, my pessimism about the movie's prospects were completely unfounded. After an almost wordless set-up, I was already drawn into this tight little chamber piece. Several major twists later and I was delighted to have uncovered a little known gem! With just three characters and a confined and claustrophobic set, "Disappearance" is theatrical (play-like, if you will) in its intimacy. But writer/director J. Blakeson uses this inherent staginess well to create a seamless thriller of lies, deceit, and plans gone wrong.

I will say very little about what transpires in "The Disappearance of Alice Creed." Knowing the film's twists in advance may not ruin the movie's effectiveness--but, trust me, it's best just to let this one unfold. All you get from me is this--two armed and masked men take a young, wealthy woman hostage. Keeping her strapped down and helpless, they await a ransom. But all does not go according to plan, needless to say--but you probably guessed that. That's it--I'll go no further.

Gemma Arterton plays the unwitting victim in this equation while Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston portray the kidnappers. Marsan is intense and Arterton is appealing, but Compston essays the most difficult role as a sort of a go-between. He is terrific, and all three actors pull their weight in this deadly triangle. But perhaps the biggest star of "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is Blakeson's screenplay. Using standard thriller conventions, but tweaking them with unexpected revelations, this thriller might have lost all credibility. But Blakeson never pushes too far, maintains the suspense, and the casts brings home the show with much gusto. I really had a good time with this film and it is a definite recommendation. BUT DON'T READ THE SPOILERS! KGHarris, 12/10.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 stars for an obscure gem of a picture Nov. 28 2011
By M. Oleson - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film opened and disappeared quickly in the DFW area, so I'm certainly glad I caught up to it via Blu ray. A first time director (J Blakeson) puts together a taut thriller using only 3 actors and a minimalist set...not to mention a minimalist plot, albeit filled with twists and turns. Alice, a 20 something lass is the daughter of a rich businessman somewhere in England. She is kidnapped and taken to a well prepared (soundproofing, locks, etc.) apartment to wait for an eventual ransom. Alice is played by Gemma Arterton whose previous credits include eye candy roles in "The Prince of Persia" and "Clash of the Titans". She's something else here.

The girl can act as well as look good. In a demeaning, vulnerable role, she is stripped naked, force to pee in a bottle, tied to a bed and ruthlessly gagged with one of those ball-in-the-mouth things that sex dominatrix like to use. It's fun to figure out what's going on because we suspect Alice is familiar with one of the kidnappers. So really, what's going on? Yes, a big surprise. Even after we find this out, our questions aren't answered. The film is filled with tension and is certainly an obscure gem of a picture.

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