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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.
A pulsating revelation on many levels at once.
While some plot developments are more plausible than others, the conclusion features one of the most nail-biting moments of the year so far.
It's got the kind of writing you'd expect to find in a Hitchcock movie, with performances that measure up on every level.
A kidnapping story told in simple but effective way.
... An unnerving thriller that's driven by the threat of violence and the sexual proclivities of its protagonists.
What first-time director Blakeson does with this very familiar situation is cut it to the bone. Not only is there very little fat on this body, there's barely a skeleton.
Tense, thrilling kidnap story too violent for kids.
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.
A young woman is abducted off the street and kept imprisoned while her two kidnappers decide how best to extract the ransom from her father. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed puts a different spin on the kidnap story, concentrating as it does on the relationship between the kidnappers and victim rather than the police investigation and search. The entire story contains only three characters, played solidly by its little known cast and the obvious lack of a large budget means that the plot must concentrate on substance rather than style which makes a nice change for a modern thriller. The limited locations and interactions make it feel quite stagy in a similar way to 44 Inch Chest but there's rather more to the story making for a more intriguing premise and it has a similar flavour to Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave. It's gets a little repetitive and relies a little too much on the inevitable "twist" format but it's different enough from the shaky-cammed, action-orientated thrillers that have become so ubiquitous to make it worth a look.
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