An abduction takes a number of unexpected turns in this independent thriller from Britain. Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) are a pair of ex-cons who spend several days elaborately soundproofing and reinforcing the walls of a small apartment. Vic is hard-edged and domineering with a fierce suspicious streak, while Danny is weak-willed and will do nearly anything Vic asks of him. We soon learn what Vic and Danny were planning as they grab a young woman off the street, take her back home and tie her to the bed. The young woman is named Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), and she comes from a wealthy family; after taking some snapshots of her, Vic fires off a ransom demand to her father, asking for £2 million in exchange for Alice's safe return. Vic is convinced he's executing the perfect crime, but it becomes apparent that not everything is going as planned; Alice is smarter and more resourceful than he imagined, and Danny's allegiances can be manipulated in ways Vic never anticipated.
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I liked this. It was impressive enough with some clever turns and writing and some convincing acting (well from 2 of the 3 stars). Tense, solid subject matter and clever direction make this dark film enjoyable to watch and entertaining. It is all about a couple of men who kidnap a rich daddy's girl for the ransom money. It is sinister, dramatic and quite dark, without being too graphic. The acting is strong and convincing and the plot twists are effective, even if the end is a little weak and arguably over-trying. Slick, smart and solid, short kidnapping drama. Why not kidnap the DVD and give it a watch.......
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The Dissapearance of Alice Creed is the best british thriller for years. Gemma Arterton gives one of her best performances playing a young rich girl who is kidnapped by two professionals. The storyline has many twists that are unpredictable and shocking, that will leave you shocked and gripped right til the very end which holds another twist. This thriller is full of tense scenes that makes Alice Creed a fantastic film, not to be missed.
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