Two criminals, Vic and Danny, kidnap Alice Creed. They fastidiously set-up an apartment building and handcuff Alice to the bed, all in a careful attempt to make sure that she won't escape and they won't get caught. But what do Vic and Danny really want with Alice? And is Alice cunning enough to foil their plans and escape?Written by
When Vic checks the bullets in the gun, he removes the magazine, then replaces it and operates the slide. A bullet should have ejected as it was recently fired and there would have been one in the chamber. See more »
Wake up Ms. Creed, it's breakfast time!
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Starts well, but soon descends into complete nonsense
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
Recently released from prison, convicts Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) meticulously plot and execute the kidnap of the titular Alice Creed (Gemma Anderton) a young woman with a rich father. Having filmed the ransom demand, everything seems to be running smoothly, until Alice turns the tables on them, after which various twists and turns and sneaky revelations come to light that set the plan down a very different and more deadly path than anyone planned.
Opening entirely in silence, with the main characters going about doing and getting what they'll need for their crime, TDOAC certainly opens with a decent sense of atmosphere and impending terror. And it all runs fairly smoothly, until Alice (ridiculously!) turns the tables on her captors, after which the film descends into such a big sea of it's own preposterousness and incredibilty that it loses any sense of tension and impact that it started with. The performances can't be faulted, Marsan delivering another firm, solid turn as the domineering lead villain, and Anderton showing her talents as an actress, portraying an initially scared, vulnerable prey who grows to let out a righteous sense of anger and feistiness to survive. It's just a shame their efforts are wasted in such misfiring, off shot fare as this. **
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