The Disappearance of Alice Creed
The disappearance of Alice creed is not your standard
Hollywood thriller and is actually a well written crime thriller with
some superb acting by all involved. At times the film feels a little
like a play due to it's content and closed nature but as a psychological
thriller... wow, what a mind @#%.
performance is by Gemma Arterton who is more than just a pretty face and
really showcases her talents as actress in the Disappearance of Alice
Creed as opposed to some of her other fantasy roles. Then we have Eddie
and Martin Compston (ed) who play the two villains and really get into the
headspace of these two kidnappers as they turn a house into a prison.
The story revolves around
Alice, the daughter of a wealthy business who is kidnapped by Danny and
two men who thatch a plan to become rich. As their plan succeeds to
capture Alice, the psychological game of cat and mouse begins but it
appears that this "mouse" is more capable than they were first lead to
believe. As the mind games commence and a layer of violence forms, the
deadline to the ransom threatens to escalate for all involved.
Needless to say, it goes beyond what I was expecting
and without the acting of Arterton, I don't believe this movie would
have been so enjoyable. The script is great as are the locales of this
movie and all in all, a very professional piece.
For a non mainstream/art house film, the video
quality of Alice creed boats sharp images, good levels of black and a
minimal amount of artifacting. Some scenes are a little dark but this is
due to story and settings but overall, it's a good looking movie.
supports Dolby digital 5.1 with good audio levels and clear audio. There
are a couple of standout moments that do make use of the surround sound
track. For special features, Alice Creed supports an in-depth audio
commentary track with director J. Blakeson, a making of featurette,
extended scenes, storyboards and the theatrical trailers.
stunning cinematography from first time director J. blakeson, he truly
manages to draw you into this film, including the headspace of Alice,
Danny and Ed that leads to a unexpected ending, even though all the signs
were there. Brilliant!