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Vic and Danny, two criminals who believe they have created the perfect crime, abduct young Alice Creed. As they try to negotiate a ransom, the plan unravels as the balance of power is shifted. When I say that this movie gets to the point, I'm not just saying that. From the moment the film begins, Alice Creed has just been kidnapped and the plan begins to unravel. As the film continues, it continues to get more and more strange. There's not a lot I can say regarding these plot points since they're part of the ride and would ruin the film completely. However, it's not much like any other kidnapping movie I have seen. All three characters are mysterious to the audience, leaving the viewers to find out what type of people they are and what their motives are. There are times where the chain of events feel a tad repetitive. The writers do a good job with allowing the viewer to meet the characters and evaluate them before their true colors appear.
Needless to say, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a low budget affair. There are only three actors mainly shown on screen. The two kidnappers and Alice Creed. Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan perform alongside Gemma Arterton, who has been in a couple American films recently. The acting from Compston and Marsan is decent, but never stands out. There isn't anything about them that drags the film down, but are easily put to shame by Gemma Arterton. She may have not been too great in either Clash of the Titans (2010) or Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but this is where her acting abilities come full circle. The emotions she gives during this film is easily the most captivating of the main three actors. Arterton was most definitely the correct actress for the job.
Almost the entire film takes place in two rooms. The bedroom in which Alice Creed is kept and the main room where the kidnappers stay when they're not with Alice Creed. The visuals aren't anything special to mention, but they are suitable for the film given. It's a character driven movie that doesn't focus very much on the appearance. I guarantee that if you decide to check this out, you won't be concerned with the visuals once you're wrapped around the story.
I genuinely enjoyed the first chunk of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. However, from its midpoint to the end, it felt as if it lost quite a bit of steam. Some truly idiotic decisions are made on multiple characters' parts, which took away from the realism that the film began with. I don't in the least bit regret renting this due to the fact that it's entertaining and has its own style. It's unfortunate that this film doesn't live up to expectations. At the end of the day, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is an average kidnapping flick that had a lot of potential, but couldn't maintain what it began with.