Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Disappearance of Alice Creed [2010]

Director: J. Blakeson
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan
Genre: Drama/Crime/Thriller
Rating: Teen (violent content, pervasive language, nudity)
Comment: "Its tight plot moves at the right pace, giving out an air of claustrophobia, an apt portrayal of a kidnapping..."

If you are a fan of claustrophobic crime thrillers like Misery [1990], Reservoir Dogs [1992] or the more recent Hard Candy [2005], you might find Alice Creed to be right up your alley. While the film is indeed notable for its small cast just like the aforementioned thrillers, Alice Creed brings something else to the table.

On the very basic, the movie is based entirely on the kidnapping of the titular character for ransom money. But what is seemingly simple turns ugly when things begin to get too personal between the three individuals involved, and the job spirals down into a tale of double-crossing, hate and deceit.

Just in case the movie poster threw you off, allow me to remind you that this is no Guy Ritchie movie. No bollocks here. The movie could have easily been a stage play due to the minimalist nature of the cinematography, limiting most of the duration inside a room to accentuate the claustrophobic nature of a kidnapping.

Gemma Arterton gave a more gripping performance this time around, almost a one-eighty degree change from her roles in movies such as Quantum of Solace [2008] or Prince of Persia [2010]. Complementing her talents are other actors who are not nearly as well-known, but gave strong performances themselves. Considering that the movie stars only the three of them, it will always be an amazing feat.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Tight and taut plot
- Strong performances

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 0 = 100 points

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