Starts off much more promising than it turns out to be. How many unbelievable twists were there? I lost count after half a dozen or so. The acting was mostly over the top, though Arterton was in good form sometimes. Drooping pace, stale design - an overall tepid affair.
This movie was made for Park Chan-Wook to direct. Too bad J Blakeson was assigned for the job because, despite an interesting premise and a promising first half hour, it's a meandering mess of a film polluted by hair-brained characters constantly blowing it.
this could have easily turned into another torture porn gorefest. I am glad, it did not. alas, the story is completely suspense-free and the twists/roundabouts are not that interesting/unexpected. Nonetheless, J Blakeson is clearly talented and I'm waiting for his sophomore act.
Very impressive, under-the-radar, British indie. Arterton is superb and Marsan is always a pleasure to watch, especially in villainous roles like this. It's a shame Compston is a let down. The story appears simple at first; two men kidnap the daughter of a wealthy man and hold her to ransom. But every time you feel comfortable, a twist arrives, and I still can't decide if they're brilliant or ridiculous.
A film that never gets bored of itself. If anything, it constantly goes the other way from what it made you believe the last few minutes - whether it is with a sense of humour, a clever line, a twist in the plot. It didn't rock my world, but it was energetic and, ultimately, entertaining.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed despite its simplistic interior formulates itself as one of the more explosive and enthralling thrillers in years. A dark sense of fear is utilised phenomenally well, as is the film’s accomplished screenplay that never allows for breath or freedom, always challenging the dynamics of the conventional thriller with its claustrophobic presence and astute trickery.