Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Disappearance of Alice Creed - DVD Review


Starring Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan.
Directed by J Blakeson.

This movie starts on the right foot. We watch two men go to hardware stores, review blueprints, hammer, drill, assemble, drive from here to there. They install locks on two doors, set up a bed, nod to each other that they're ready.

Next, they're wearing ski masks and gloved. They're throwing a struggling body into a van, a woman, writhing and squealing. They haul her into the apartment where they've been working. They handcuff her to the bed. Professional, efficient, silent while she squirms.

Alice Creed is the kidnap victim, and the two men have a job to do. What we have now is a three-person play, a bare-bones build-up of suspense for a ransom drop we just know isn't going to go smoothly. Eventually we get to know Vic (Eddie Marsan), the older more dangerous one, and Danny (Martin Compston), the younger more sensitive one.

There are a couple good twists in here, and the director has a good eye for pacing. Nice to see a movie that really could go any direction, down to the final few minutes.

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