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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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United Kingdom

2009

Rated R • 1h 40m

Director J Blakeson

Starring Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Two former convicts kidnap Alice Creed, daughter of a millionaire, and bring her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. They tie her to a bed and send pictures to her father, demanding that he send them his money in exchange for his daughter. A taught, nail-biting thriller of a film.

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30

L.A. Weekly by

Blakeson's feature-length calling card has storyboarded austerity and sadomasochistic promise but in the end lets the game play out in a familiar flurry of double-crossings, two-timings and false deaths, content to only fetishize itself.
60

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Crisply and efficiently, we're transported to the realm of the kidnapping thriller--and if Brit writer-director J Blakeson knew how to sustain tension for another hour and change, we'd be heralding the next Jonathan "Sexy Beast" Glazer.
40

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A glum British kidnap movie in which writer-director J Blakeson manages to generate tension and some suspense, never rises above the mechanical and contrived, finally lapsing into the improbable.
60

Empire by Kim Newman

A small but perfectly formed crime drama. And, without making a fuss, a proper nail-biter, too.
75

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

A clever little contraption, even though it runs into the problem that a lot of twist-heavy suspense movies have: Once it's spooned out all its surprises about two-thirds of the way through, it loses a lot of its entertainment value.
100

Boxoffice Magazine by Pam Grady

Dazzling turns by stars Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton; unrelenting suspense; and a wealth of black humor will appeal to an arthouse crowd, though the violence and other unsavory aspects of the story will turn off some.
75

Observer by Rex Reed

A grim, toxic, psychological British thriller, brimming with surprises, that always manages to be quite a bit more than it appears on the surface.

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