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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 (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Grace, Danny Dyer, Matt King, Nathaniel Parker, Christopher Patterson
  • Directors: Simon Fellows
  • Format: 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036EBALK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Malice in Wonderland" on IMDb

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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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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With 'Malice' Aforethought... August 2, 2010
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for your head April 20, 2010
...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.

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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oddity, Nothing More September 15, 2010
Not to be confused with "Malice in Wonderland" (1985) made-for-TV film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander.

The 2009 British film "Malice in Wonderland" is a modern-day dark fantasy inspired by the famous tale of Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It stars Maggie Grace (TV series "Lost") as a 19-year-old American student in London, who has lost her memories after being hit by a cab. The cab's driver Whitey (Danny Dyer), counterpart of the white rabbit of the Lewis Carroll story, takes her away to the underworld populated by a lot of strange characters.

Many memorable characters from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" re-appear - including The Hatter, The Caterpillar, The Duchess, The Cheshire Cat and The King and The Queen - but in a totally different way. The Hatter is here "Hattie" (Bronagh Gallagher), who runs a mobile brothel. Also, like the original book, the film is filled with puns and wordplays. "Stealing tarts" means something very different.

The idea itself is fine and has potential. You may remember "Hard Candy" and its heroine (played by brilliant Ellen Page) that effectively subverted the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. "Malice in Wonderland," however, doesn't have much else to offer besides the random references to the original material. Characters talk a lot, but lack the energy of Guy Ritchie or Quentin Tarantino. The amnesic heroine's back story and her budding romance both look superficial, not enough to sustain the film's running time. We need original visions and ideas that can match the wildly imaginative world of Lewis Carroll.

"Malice in Wonderland" is certainly an oddity and its quirkiness is fun. Still to me it is too tame and spiritless to be called Wonderland.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids!
I loved this version of Alice in Wonderland. This is definitely not for younger viewers. This movie takes Alice in Wonderland, throws in sex, drugs, and violence in a "real... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Monica C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I started this movie with high hopes based on other reviews. I was very disapppointed. About 1/2 hour into the movie I had to shut it off. So boromg I started to fall asleep.
Published 1 month ago by Snuggles
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
I absolutely love this movie. Its a very "trippy" version of Alice in Wonderland, and it is done wonderfully. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William
1.0 out of 5 stars Too hard to follow
It was a great idea but it is just not a modern version of the classic tale. Sucky movie, I wish I had not bought it.
Published 2 months ago by Cazbaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely interesting to watch.
When I first saw this, I had just woken up around 2 a.m. and scrolled through channels not really expecting to find anything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. M. SanFilippo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully odd
This a wonderfully odd movie. Not really a family movie but it is a good movie with interesting twists to Alice in Wonderland.
Published 4 months ago by Dustin Paulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your kids Alice!
Love this movie!!! LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! Great twist on a classic story to make it more modern meant for adults! It isn't a Disney version for sure.
Published 4 months ago by H_Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great take on traditional story
One of the oddest but most fascinating takes on "Alice in Wonderland" that I've seen in a long time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emma K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
This is a quirky take on Alice in Wonderland with British wit injected. It really is a fun movie to watch.
Published 5 months ago by J. Gorman
1.0 out of 5 stars Very ppor and boring movies
Bad movie all around. Could not stay to watch all. From the write up and the trailer. it looked good, however once you got to start watching it, you see it is cheap production,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lutfi
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