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Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Maggie Grace , Danny Dyer , Simon Fellows  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Grace, Danny Dyer, Matt King, Nathaniel Parker, Christopher Patterson
  • Directors: Simon Fellows
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036EBALK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Malice in Wonderland" on IMDb

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ALICE is an American Law student in London. Knocked down by a black cab, she wakes with amnesia in a world that's a million miles from home Wonderland. We follow her adventures as she is dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals and the lowest low-lifes by the enigmatic cab-driver WHITEY (The White Rabbit). She needs to find out who she is, where she's from, and use what wits she has left to get back home in one piece.

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Lewis Carroll's 19th-century heroine undergoes a 21st-century metamorphosis in the feverish, fast-paced Malice in Wonderland. Lost's leggy Maggie Grace plays Alice Dodgson, an American heiress living in London. As the action begins, she's fleeing from a couple of unidentified assailants when she runs into Danny Dyer's cockney cabby, Whitey, who gives her a ride (a rabbit's foot dangles from his rear-view mirror). Suffering from amnesia, she decides to accompany him to Mob boss Harry Hunt's big party, but first Whitey has to get Hunt a present (Inspector Lynley's Nathaniel Parker plays the urbane ex-con). During their travels, Alice pops a couple of Whitey's consciousness-altering pills and tangles with a parade of peculiar characters, from a diminutive purse snatcher with an identical twin to a sharp-dressed disc jockey with magical powers. When she loses track of Whitey, an agoraphobic duchess (Rosemary and Thyme's Pam Ferris) lends her a hand. Meanwhile, Alice's pampered past comes rushing back in fits and spurts. Soon she's wondering if her chauffeur-turned-protector really likes her or whether he's just after the reward money. Like Terry Gilliam with attention deficit disorder, Simon Fellows directs with speed and flair--tilted angles, color filters, and surrealistic flourishes--but Malice sometimes looks more like a music video than a proper movie. Written by Jayson Rothwell, his version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland adds naughty words, gunplay, and prostitutes ("tarts"), which makes it less suitable for minors than the Tim Burton version, but the unlikely romance is a sweet touch. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With 'Malice' Aforethought... August 2, 2010
Format:DVD
I got a screener copy of this dvd and expected it to be a total dud, cashing in on the success of Tim Burton's 'Alice', but was more than surprised when I sat down to view it. I told my wife, "Don't expect much", and she concurred but, in truth, we both enjoyed it for what it was.

Instead of being loosely adapted by the Lewis Carroll tale, it was almost a literal translation of the story, except all the characters were rewritten to fit into today's seedy British underworld of lowlife gangsters, drug lords, addicts and pimps, as seen through the eyes of Terry Gilliam.

Alice (Maggie Grace) is an American law student in London, whose parents are insanely wealthy. Struck down by a cab operated by Whitey (the White Rabbit, excellently portrayed by Danny Dyer), she awakens with amnesia in Wonderland, a world that's a million miles from home.

We follow her various escapades as she is dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals and some of the lowest forms of human life imaginable by the enigmatic Whitey, who speaks in perverse rhyme with a crazed cockney accent. Alice desperately needs to regain her senses, which isn't easy when she's repeatedly drugged, remember who she is, where she's from, and figure out a way back while she's still in one piece.

A quick tempo aids this flick from dragging, surrealistic neon landscapes and absurd characters and camera angles keep our interest, and a logical but predictable ending closes this illogical lunacy.

3 ˝ stars for the flick, rounded up to 4 stars simply because it was a hell of a lot better than I expected, with `Malice' aforethought.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for your head April 20, 2010
Format:DVD
...with Snoop Dogg having an album of the same name, and Tim Burton doing a big budget adaptation to the Lewis Carrol story this small film which had been seeking distribution for almost a year finally gets to shine.
This film is simply AWESOME It keeps with the idea of the Lewis Carol story brilliantly. When I first saw it I assumed that it would be to Alice in wonderland what the movie Freeway was for Little Red Riding Hood, I was wrong. This story keeps more to the actual source material not only in feel, but also with character and plot-line development. What sounds a bit off of kooky actually works in a way that left me in awe. This movie has instantly become one of my favorite lil' indies.
Acted to the nines by everyone involved, most of whome I've never heard of save for Maggie Grace who was in last years sleeper hit "TAKEN", directed with an artsy flair and delivered with endearing locations, and visuals one can not help but to fall down the rabbit hole again.

I say go watch *SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEAD*
and get yourself a copy of Malice in wonderland
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderland Underground September 29, 2010
By Beeshy
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I really liked this take on Alice. This a version of Wonderland that isn't so bright and shiny. Wonderland is gritty and crime filled. Remember watching the original Disney version and thinking these characters are a littlle wonky and left of center. Well these characters take that to a whole new level, so much so that they are rolled over in the ditch on the side of the road. And Wonderland is right there w/ them just as twisted. Alice's story is a little more complicated in this version. For example she meets Whitey(the White Rabbit)by him hitting her w/ his cab. In the course of the movie Alice has several flashbacks to her childhood and some involving a recent conversation w/ her father. It may take you the whole movie to figure out what these mean or you may think you have it after a couple flashes. Alice and Whitey's team up makes the movie. Maggie Grace(Alice) and Danny Dryer(Whitey) have good chemistry which makes it all the better. This take on Wonderland definately isn't for everyone but if you like the strange and unusual be sure to give this movie a look see. Hope you enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Gilliam Meets Lewis Carroll March 27, 2011
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Had I made the film "Malace in Wonderland" (2009) I would be quite proud of it. But it is not something that I would casually show to a random group of people expecting an enthusiastic response. Its target audience is the off-kilter and twisted, and not even all of those will wildly embrace this effort. But if you get off on oddity, quirkiness, and fun you should seek out this film.

This is the fourth of five relatively recent efforts to "out-weird" Carroll by taking the framework of his story and constructing a feature film that reflects the director's inner child at the expense of the wit and wisdom of the source material.

If a perverse homage is your cup of tea and you don't hold your own image of the Mad Hatter sacred, then you should check out this film along with the other four: Tim Burton's recent release, Terry Gilliam's "Tideland" (2005), Czech animator Jan Svankmajerand "Alice" (1988), and the one that started the trend-Richard Elfman's "Forbidden Zone (1982). "Malace" is the best of the group if only because it captures more of the original's spirit. It's gotten to be a rather well-traveled path but this one benefits from a closer association to the original "Wonderland".

In this case Carroll's story is transported to the gritty underworld of modern day East London (insert lowlifes, drug lords, addicts and pimps here). But not so gritty that there are not a lot of bizarre characters with counterparts in the original wonderland and looking glass worlds.

Lost's Maggie Grace plays Alice Dodgson (Carroll's real last name although she has amnesia and is nameless for most of the story - perhaps a symbolic connection to his use of a pen name).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute Movie
Published 1 day ago by MikeNTex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie
Published 17 days ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie. A new flavor for fans of English ...
Fun movie. A new flavor for fans of English gangster movies. "Through the Lawless Glass" glass for the sequel?
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Jollies
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it; love adaptations
Love this movie. Best adaptation I've seen of Alice. If you've read the book you'll really understand all the modifications and symbolism. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kaleigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
could have been better
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Smooth
5.0 out of 5 stars Its sensual
I love it. A perfect drug twist to the classic story of Alice in Wonderland
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Donoho
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderland
I don't know why I love this move so much, but I do. Usually I loathe remakes or re-imaginings of books which I adore. But this - struck a chord. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy but interesting
Creepy modern take on Alice and wonderland. This not for kids. I found this highly entertaining. Wish there was more of a love story.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Malice
Solid movie and condition. Ill be buying more dvds as soon as i have some extra cash tospend. Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Brian Fiebig
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting update
This "Alice" retelling makes me think of a major building renovation - the kind that guts the structure down to the studs, then rebuilds everything around the existing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by wiredweird
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