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The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Directed by J Blakeson
Produced by Adrian Sturges
Written by J Blakeson
Starring Gemma Arterton
Martin Compston
Eddie Marsan
Distributed by CinemaNX
Release date(s) 30 April 2010[1]
Running time 98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2010 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton as the captured Alice Creed, with Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan as Danny and Vic, the kidnappers.[2] [3] The film was screened at the 2009 London Film Festival [4] and the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. [5]



The film opens with Danny and Vic hurriedly lining the inside of a transit van with plastic. We then see them shopping for a drill, a mattress and other supplies before entering a small flat and assembling a bed for the mattress, and stapling foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then they kidnap Alice Creed. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.

Danny and Vic are two ex-convicts planning to gain a huge amount of cash on the ransom for Alice - the daughter of a rich businessman. Danny is the younger and nervier of the two, whereas Vic is hardened and wholly intimidating. Alice is terrified at first but it soon becomes clear that she won't be used as capital without a fight, and she gradually enters into a three-way battle of wills with the two kidnappers.

There are several unexpected twists in the plot which continually reshape the dynamic between the three protagonists, and as the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, Vic and Danny’s foolproof plan descends into a desperate struggle for survival.



The film has not yet been widely reviewed, but was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of TIFF[6], praises J Blakeson's directorial style, claiming that "Not since Reservoir Dogs has a hostage standoff been handled with such intelligence". [7]

The film was nominated for the Raindance award at the British Independent Film Awards 2009.[8]


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