The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The Disappearance of Alice Creed review

One small set, a couple of modest locations and a grand total of three actors. The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a British thriller about the kidnapping and ransoming of a rich girl by two ex-cons, is a fine example of a minimal micro-budget movie that pushes hard to make the most out of tight practical restrictions.

Like most films, at the heart of its success is a cleverly written twist-laden script but the direction (by the same dude, J. Blakeson) is also impressive, successfully depicting tense situations in a claustrophobic environment. It’s worth mentioning that it’s well acted, too, which is quite essential given the tiny cast. Gemma Arterton steps out from her usual I-am-here-for-little-else-than-to-look-pretty roles and does a fine job. Crying. And screaming. And things.

Alice Creed isn’t groundbreaking by any means but it is a well made film, all the more impressive given the limitations involved.

3 out of 5

10th May 2010 | Official site | On IMDb