Friday, January 28, 2011

Under 250: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a sharp, bony little thriller that manages to do more with three actors and a room than all those globe trotting blockbusters can with their bloated budgets and overpaid A-listers.  Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan star as two small-time thugs attempting to execute a kidnap and ransom as precisely as possible.  The thing about that is...well, these things never go as planned, and the scenario is infinitely more complicated than either could have known.  Alice Creed has the performances and atmosphere to successfully back up its twisty betrayals, sudden turns, and well-kept secrets.  Compston, Marsan, and Gemma Arterton deftly handle the film's slippery nature and prevent it from becoming over-typical horror or from falling too comfortably into routine.  Smartly produced, occasionally clever, and smoothly edited, the Disappearance of Alice Creed offers cheap, yet well-organized thrills. 

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