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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

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A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.

Director:

J Blakeson

Writer:

J Blakeson
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Compston ... Danny
Eddie Marsan ... Vic
Gemma Arterton ... Alice Creed
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Storyline

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 napierslogs

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Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content, pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agoniodis apagogi See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglas, Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£142,324 (United Kingdom), 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,258, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$166,980, 7 November 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The third film that Eddie Marsan made in the Isle of Man in one year, the others being Heartless (2009) and Me and Orson Welles (2008). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vic: Wake up Ms. Creed, it's breakfast time!
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Connections

Remade as Reckless (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Holy Moly
Written and Performed by Cathy Davey
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records LTD.
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Passable thriller that rings a little hollow on occasion
8 April 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is a three-hander that sees spoilt rich kid Gemma Arterton kidnapped by a couple of goons and tied to a bed while they demand a ransom from her father. That's the entirety of the plot; of course, it's little to sustain a ninety-minute running time with that alone, so the scriptwriter has to come up with twist upon twist to keep the viewer guessing as the running time progresses.

I was in two minds about this film. It's superficially entertaining to be sure, with lots of drama and attempts at tension, and the suspense bubbles along quite nicely as the tale progresses. But there are serious flaws along the way too, not least the entire lack of a sympathetic character.

Arterton is the obvious choice as somebody to root for, but her limited acting abilities combined with a rather obnoxious character mean that the viewer won't really care whether she escapes or even survives the ordeal. Note to scriptwriter: merely having somebody kidnapped isn't reason enough for a viewer to get behind them. As for the other two cast members, Eddie Marsan is a seasoned professional as ever, but Martin Compston is a little bland and whiny and gets way too much screen time.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED does well to avoid falling into clichéd territory - there's no torture, for instance, which would have been an obvious inclusion these days - but once you know the storyline it doesn't really have much in the way of rewatch value. I liked it well enough the first time around, though.


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