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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

Gemma Arterton , Eddie Marsan  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040J1RX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director J Blakeson
  • "Phones" Deleted Scene (with optional commentary by Writer/Director J Blakeson)
  • "Alice Gets The Gun" Extended Scene (with optional commentary by Writer/Director J Blakeson)
  • Outtakes
  • Storyboard Comparison
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

The British thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a taut exercise in psychological manipulation, driven by three forceful performances, most notably actress Gemma Arteton (Clash of the Titans) as the titular abductee. On the surface, Disappearance seems to be cut from familiar cloth: ex-cons Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Compston plot out and then execute the kidnapping of Arteton, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, for a sizable ransom. But as the minutes tick by in their dreary holding cell of a flat, relationships develop in unexpected ways, as do shifts in allegiances and motivations. To reveal these seismic changes would be to unleash spoilers of epic proportions, but suffice it to say that few will have expected the film's frenzied conclusion. Directed by first-timer J Blakeson with an eye towards pacing and atmosphere, The Disappearance of Alice Creed should please fans of adult suspense pictures with its smart scripting (by Blakeson) and fearless turns by its cast, especially Arteton in a role that requires her to play, by turns, victim and perpetrator; the DVD includes commentary by Blakeson, who discusses his influences (among them, Alien, interestingly enough), as well as two extended scenes with commentary and a collection of comic outtakes. A five-minute storyboard comparison, which shows preproduction sketches of the opening alongside the finished product, and the stateside trailer round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

On a suburban street, two masked men seize a young woman. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic (Eddie Marsan) and his younger accomplice Danny (Martin Compston), have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim – she’s not giving in without a fight. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive…

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Thriller November 4, 2010
I had heard a lot of people recommend this to me before I finally saw it, so my expectations were high. After the opening five minutes my expectations were met and the stakes even raised. I really don't want to give anything away here as the less you know about the movie going in the better, but don't go into it thinking it's on par with a "Reservoir Dogs" or a "Saw." It's very, very good and the directing makes it claustrophobic and scary, but by the end of the film it has slipped into more than a few genre cliches that let out a little steam but not TOO much.

All you need to know about the plot is that there are these two men who go through an elaborate series of preparations before kidnapping a young woman, Alice Creed, off the street. One of the most fun things about the movie is how the power shifts from one character to another to another and you're never certain who has the upperhand, who is lying or who will "win" the day. In this way, it is very similar to "Shallow Grave." Eddie Marsan plays the older of the two kidnappers and you've seen him in movies before but never this good. He is very impressive here.

A good one to check out but make sure you have enough time to watch it straight through as the pacing is relentless and you won't be able to turn it off once it begins.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bond Girl in Bondage January 22, 2012
There really isn't a whole lot I can tell you about THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED. I happened on to it, started watching it...expected to lose interest...and then kept thinking, "Oh, wow, that's different."

What got me to start watching was Gemma Arterton, a "Bond girl" from the last 007 entry, QUANTUM OF SOLACE. She's gorgeous and very watchable. At the beginning of this film, she's snatched off a street, cuffed, gagged, hooded and dragged into a sound-proof apartment. She's also stripped and redressed.

And just when you think you're going to lose interest..."Wow, that's different."

So I'm not going to discuss anymore about this interesting, twisting little film of only three characters.

Just check it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie August 30, 2010
By Jones
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I took a chance in buying this via video on demand and enjoyed it. From the opening scene as the kidnappers prepare their place for the captive, there really aren't any dull moments and even though all of the actors are no-name, they did a good job with the script. There were several points where you could feel the tension and you weren't sure whether the girl or the kidnappers would come out on top. Like one reviewer said already, there are a few twists (though one you will probably see coming) that keep you guessing how the movie will end. It won't win any Oscars, but it was definitely entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected September 4, 2011
This movie is a hostage plan gone wrong in spite of meticulous planning. From the beginning to the end it is exciting and completely unpredictable.

The two ex convicts Vic (Eddie Marsan's character) and Danny (Martin Compston's character) put into action a plan to take hostage a rich family's only daughter Alice (Gemma Arterton's character) for ransom. I can't give anything else because it will ruin the experience, but trust me on this, this is a good thriller. You would think that with just a few actors it will be a boring movie, but this movie is anything but boring.

There may be objectionable material for some viewers (explicit sex scenes).

Thumbs up, highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good crime procedural August 23, 2011
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There is not much to add to the generally good reviews for this film. I happened to watch this movie right after watching a very dissapointingly bad film, so I was doubly appreciative of how good this movie was. I only find it unbelievable that 4 people gave this film only two stars! The acting was exceptionable (try to find a more scary kidnapper than Vic!), there was a well thought-out script, good directing; what else do you need in a thriller? The beauty part is that it remains a mystery as to what Danny's real agenda was had not everything happened as it did. We know what he does in the end, but we do not know what he would have done had everything gone according to plan. No Hollywood-style explanation!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes the less you know about a movie, the more pleasantly surprising it can be. I, for one, had no fore knowledge of "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" and, consequently, rather limited expectations. So when I sat down with friends and plugged "Disappearance" into the DVD player, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. And for once, my pessimism about the movie's prospects were completely unfounded. After an almost wordless set-up, I was already drawn into this tight little chamber piece. Several major twists later and I was delighted to have uncovered a little known gem! With just three characters and a confined and claustrophobic set, "Disappearance" is theatrical (play-like, if you will) in its intimacy. But writer/director J. Blakeson uses this inherent staginess well to create a seamless thriller of lies, deceit, and plans gone wrong.

I will say very little about what transpires in "The Disappearance of Alice Creed." Knowing the film's twists in advance may not ruin the movie's effectiveness--but, trust me, it's best just to let this one unfold. All you get from me is this--two armed and masked men take a young, wealthy woman hostage. Keeping her strapped down and helpless, they await a ransom. But all does not go according to plan, needless to say--but you probably guessed that. That's it--I'll go no further.

Gemma Arterton plays the unwitting victim in this equation while Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston portray the kidnappers. Marsan is intense and Arterton is appealing, but Compston essays the most difficult role as a sort of a go-between. He is terrific, and all three actors pull their weight in this deadly triangle. But perhaps the biggest star of "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is Blakeson's screenplay.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Stylish Thriller.
Superb acting, 3 actors who kept you engaged! Lots of twists and turns, gritty yet stylish at the same time!
Published 1 month ago by Amber
3.0 out of 5 stars alice creed
i bought the movie because i like the female actress and thought it would be something watch her in a different role from hansel and gretel.
Published 1 month ago by Glenford M. Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
Lots of twists and turns. Only 3 people in the movie and i liked the ending. if you are offended by swear words you'll want to stay away, like my mother who does not like the 'f'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by debra winter
4.0 out of 5 stars An Abduction in Micro-View
The first few minutes of THE DISAPPEARANCE of ALICE CREED are both draggy and disturbing to the point where I almost quit watching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Doug Park
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good movie .
Some twist and turns I did not see coming. Good acting I want to see more like this.
Good flick.
Published 3 months ago by robbii
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional thriller
thrilling,exciting ,a nail biter. I enjoyed the movie. Thanks for the reviews, they help in making a great choice in viewing a thriller.
Published 3 months ago by Rene' A. Van Velse
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING
Alert to those looking for a Gemma Arterton film.This film has men kissing,hugging & telling one another they love the other.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TH
5.0 out of 5 stars gemma is amazing!
Awesome must see underrated movie. A must have to any movie collection. One of those movies you will watch twice as soon as you get it.
Published 4 months ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars good
very good movie to watch I like this, it only has like three actors in it but was really good
Published 7 months ago by ladavis1977
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
bought it bevause of actors
interesting how many of these boyfriends kidnap girl friends to act as hero happen in real life
Published 7 months ago by E. Young
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