The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed begins with a van being stolen and ends with a different stolen vehicle being driven away. In between comes a tight, efficient thriller with just three actors and at least two whopper switcheroos.
It's refreshing to see someone putting the needs of the part over her image, and this is far from a halfhearted performance. It's gritty and gutsy.
And unlike many filmmakers who make movies to take pictures, Blakeson is interested in his players. His three principals deliver convincingly messy, ambiguous performances.
Like all top-notch best thrillers, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a suspense-filled caper flick with enough twists and turns to leave the audience gasping and guessing until its final moments.
It wants to be a movie about the intersection between criminality and the class system but, for that, it could have used a bit more class.
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J Blakeson as writer/director crafts a witty little dance for three in his kidnapping/extortion plot party. Just who is who is the question that drives the dilemma. Brave performances by all his principals. Good stuff. Am looking to more from this guy.
There needs to be more films like this because I totally dig them. No mainstream actors, low budget, and a basic story that twists and turns until the final minutes and never gives the viewer time to breath. This is as suspenseful and engaging of a movie as I've seen in awhile. The acting is great too. This film didn't get much buzz because it wasn't picked up by a big distributor, but I highly recommend it if you come across it. Crime thrillers don't get a whole lot better than this these days.
Two men prepare an apartment, a van and a place in the woods. Very thoroughly and planned, making sure to leave no traces, their efforts are filmed in short, precise sequences. You know they are up to no good. Once their victim of abduction enters the scene this film's personnel is complete. Three characters, mostly sticking to one apartment is all this film needs for a very exciting ride and a few glimpses of grim humor. Such a minimalistic attempt has to rely on great acting and writing and it's all there. The result is intense, mean, nail-bitingly thrilling and offers quite a few surprises. One of the most interesting and well done thrillers of recent years.
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