The Disappearance of Alice Creed

(2010)

Two men - one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand - line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, a mattress and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.

The kidnappers are Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), two ex-cons planning to make a mint on the ransom for the young woman. The younger, nervier of the two, Danny defers to the more experienced Vic, who acts with a steely conviction. Their hostage is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a rich businessman, chosen by Vic and Danny as their passport to a better life. Terrified and immobile at first, it soon becomes clear that Alice isn’t about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. As determined to escape as Vic and Danny are to succeed, Alice enters into a battle of wills which strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to breaking point, with Vic and Danny’s foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival.

A taut, emotionally intense thriller, the debut feature from writer-director J Blakeson eschews genre convention, generating tension from the sexual and psychological ties that bind captive to captors. Produced by Adrian Sturges (The Escapist), the film stars Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace), Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky, Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Red Road).

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J Blakeson discusses his innovative thriller, working with Gemma Arterton and more.

I know it's a cliche to say that movies are a team effort, with countless people required to bring a project to the silver screen. Many times, just the cast alone could populate a small town, with all of the extras and background actors. Even the most minimalist movies I've seen still feature a cast larger than the fantastic thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which has only three actors in the entire movie: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston, all of whom deliver tremendous performances (look for my DVD review in the very near future). That's right, three people in the entire cast. No extras, no background, no voice-overs. While those three actors do an amazing job at holding the audiences attention for an entire feature, in many ways, the real star of the show is writer-director J Blakeson. After writing and directing short films, as well as the screenplay for The Descent: Part 2, J Blakeson makes his feature directorial debut with The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD November 23.

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 23 and you know we have to celebrate this gripping thriller starring Gemma Arterton. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of the new Blu-ray to our readers. You know these 1080p discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

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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. Herkidnappers, 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 isn't about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. Alice enters into a battle of wills which strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to the breaking point, with Vic and Danny's foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity, and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive, and even the most meticulous plans can go awry if you don't choose your victim wisely.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed was released August 6th, 2010.

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Why you shouldn't miss it: It's been one of the highest rated kids' programs on television for ten years running. How can a billion tweens be wrong? M. Night Shyamalan finally gets to stretch his creative muscles in 3D! The acclaimed director who was once compared to Steven Spielberg has a chance to show how well he can work with other people's property. Which he desperately needs to do after the horrible train wreck that was The Happening. Great special effects and tiny Kung Fu kickers will make this a family affair and a huge hit at the box office. Its one of the few films you simply cannot miss.

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