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quietearth [Celluloid 08.20.09] United Kingdom movie news thriller



We've heard good things about this UK flick which has a short synopsis of: "Two men, an empty apartment, a millionaire's daughter: greed, deception and survival." and I was keeping an eye on it before it was even announced at TIFF.. but as of yet we only have one still, courtesy of the TIFF website where Alice will be premiering. Here's their rundown on the film:

Brisk, brutal and effective – that describes the shocker opening of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there's even time to react, we're plunged into a very nasty situation – but not a simple one.


The brilliance of J Blakeson's debut lies in how it parses out information and ratchets up the stakes with every scene. Who are these two men? Why have they kidnapped Alice? What is their relationship to each other, and to her? Each leap to the next answer reveals new pieces of the puzzle but complicates the overall picture. And even when the players are known, there are still new surprises in store.

The main surprise – relief, really – is that this is not the latest example of torture porn disguised as entertainment. Working from his own carefully honed script, Blakeson is after something rarer: a thriller that's both frightening and deeply satisfying. At the heart of its twists and jolts is an understanding of how real people act in desperate situations. Vic (Eddie Marsan) is hard and remorseless, but his dominance over the younger Danny (Martin Compston) turns out to be shaky. And although Alice (Gemma Arterton) is terrorized by the plight she wakes up to, her feral intelligence takes over and shifts the balance of power again.

Fresh from his raging turn in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Marsan plays Vic with an intensity that is no longer comic. Compston keeps his character's secrets well hidden under a handsome facade. And rising British talent Arterton literally defies all expectations. Blakeson keeps all the players and parts of his tight little thriller kicking along at a ferocious pace. Not since Reservoir Dogs has a hostage standoff been handled with such intelligence.


Trailer please!

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Votre (10 years ago) Reply

Well, Gemma Arterton is in it so it should be pretty easy on the eyes no matter what. Can't wait to see some trailers

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Jess (10 years ago) Reply

Is this a remake because it sounds an awful lot like Sympathy (2007/Directed By:Andrew Moorman), which was an excellent movie. Especially considering it was made on a shoestring budget with unknown actors. The mere presence of an It-girl like Arterton just isn't an automatic draw for me.

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Babara Price (10 years ago) Reply

I thought it was a great thriller. Each scene was a surprise, with a lot of twists. The audience members I spoke to liked it. The cast at the q and a at TFF were enthusiastic. I hope it does well in its release.


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