The Disappearance of Alice Creed (18)
Friday 30 April 2010
Impossible to know what attracted babe du jour Gemma Arterton to this low-budget thriller, given that she spends most of it ball-gagged, hooded and handcuffed to a bed.
She plays Alice, estranged daughter of a millionaire and now kidnap victim to a couple of lowlifes (Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) who purpose to get their hands on daddy's loot. J Blakeson's debut feature begins promisingly with a terse, 10-minute account of the kidnappers prepping their hideaway during which only a single word ("OK") is spoken. The abduction itself goes off without a hitch, but once the narrative blindsides us with two big reveals it's anyone's guess who's going to come out on top. There's some nicely handled tension in there, and if Blakeson ever fancied taking the adman's shilling then DIY retailer Wickes might be interested in how he shoots home-based hardware. The last third rather loses momentum in the search for an ending, but it's never dull.
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