DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there's even time to react, we're plunged into a very nasty situation, but not a simple one.
Is it good movie?
I'm sorry, there's not a lot I can afford to say about Alice Creed. That isn't because there's nothing I can tell you, but rather because if i told you much about the plot, you'd want to kill me. I asked a co-worker who'd seen the flick before me whether or not she liked it. She's one of those 'artsy' types who really believes her opinion is gospel so I was interested to hear what she had to say. She buried the movie, stating it was boring and the movie suffers because there is only a cast of three.
You could say a lot about this movie, but calling it boring would not suffice.
The best way to watch this flick is to know nothing about it. You don't want to know what's coming because that makes things so much more exciting. Know that this film is one that whip-kicked me into my seat and left me in suspense for almost the entire time. The film lets you know that something's up right from the outset when we silently see the kidnappers soundproofing an apartment and getting it ready to hold their victim. they don't say a word to us and they get their target. This is a flick that doesn't mess about.
We know that Alice is the daughter of a very wealthy man. In terms of plot, you're not allowed to know anything else. This seems like a realistic and interesting character study, to say the least. Gemma Arterton (who has been in bigger budget stuff like Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia) shine sheer as Alice, turning in a three dimensional performance that is certainly brave. She is a victim here and granted she spends a lot of time being stuck, but she's got several sides to her and finding out the complexity of the 'why' and 'how' questions is just so much fun.
The kidnappers are great too, played by Martin Compston (Danny) and Eddie Marsan (Vic). These two have a complicated relationship to say the least and without a doubt carry their own weight. I can't say enough about Marsan's performance, as it's just fantastic. This movie is far from linear, and is full of twists and turns with a great ending. Pay attention though because it's not hard to get lost if you're not sharp.
This movie has more excitement in one room than movies with a huge budget try to pull off with 300 million bucks. I think that says it all.
Video / Audio
This film is shot in 2.35:1 widescreen and looks great, a top notch transfer from Anchor Bay.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and also sounds great, right on par with the video.
There are two deleted scenes with optional commentary, "Phones" and "Alice gets the Gun". These are mostly interesting to hear from the director J Blakeson, who gives you the true reasoning as to why the scenes were cut. Good stuff.
You can also dig on the commentary track from the director J Blakeson and get even more insight into the film. This is a great track for those who are young filmmakers learning how to shoot on a budget, but those who don't like technical stuff might be turned off by it.
There's also a short reel of outtakes and a trailer.
I am admittedly a minimalist and this film made me very happy. I thought it was tense, wonderfully acted, inquisitive and well shot. The plot is riveting and the movie wraps up well, so all this to say my co-worker was wrong, dead wrong.