Starring: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, and Eddie Marsan.
Directed by: J. Blakeson.
Released: April 30th, 2010.
The last worthwhile kidnapping film I can recall was Ransom (1996) starring Mel Gibson. Is The Disappearance of Alice Creed equally just as good? No, it’s that and much, much more. The Disappearance of Alice Creed tells the tale of two ex-convicts as they proceed with a plan to kidnap Alice Creed in exchange for her rich father’s millions. The film holds your attention from the very beginning with the two ex-cons in question, Danny and Vic, prepping for their kidnapping by lining plastic inside of a transit van, shopping for a drill, foam insulation and boards, as well as a mattress and bed for the room in which Alice will be kept, and among other supplies.
The two men are very tedious and meticulous in their objective, careful not to leave any traces back to them whatsoever. They follow through with the kidnapping, dragging her off the street and into their van. Upon arriving at the flat which they have held up in, they bring her to the bedroom they have prepared and secure her to the bed with handcuffs, rope, a ball gag, and a hood. Danny and Vic are typically on the same page when it comes to their objectives but on a personal level, they don’t always get along.
Danny is the younger of the two, a bit more on the edge, while Vic is the hard-headed and intimidating one. Vic is the one whom the film wants you to hate with a loving passion while it tries to make us sympathize with Danny, hoping that he will overcome his criminal ways and help Alice escape – But does this ever happen or is the film playing us for a fool? You will be surprised as The Disappearance of Alice Creed has many tricks up its sleeve. Even Alice Creed herself has a few tricks up her sleeve.
The previews have done a good job of not revealing the many, many plot twists and turns that run rampant throughout this film. Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, and Martin Compston all display a convincing and entertaining range in their individual performances which are all put to the test in the film’s narratives. The Disappearance of Alice Creed will hit you with twist after twist, double-cross after double-cross, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat, just hoping to God that Alice will make it out of this mess alive.