“The Disappearance of Alice Creed” Review
This small British thriller does a lot of things really well for the first half of its running length. Unfortunately, it is a little let down by some routine clichés in the final act.
I love the intricacy of the opening moments. It is a terrifyingly detailed start as we watch two men set up an elaborate plan to kidnap a young woman and hold her for ransom from her rich father. The virtually dialogue-free scenes are eerily intense as they purchase materials and build a makeshift prison for their prospective victim. One cannot help but feel chills as the two men edge closer to the actual crime.
Gemma Arterton is a fine young actress who is going to be a star for many years to come. She plays Alice Creed. Her terror is palpable. It is a courageous performance. Whether or not we believe her fear is paramount to the film’s success.
I have to admit that the movie goes to places I did not expect. I certainly didn’t see some of the twists coming. However, the final act felt more like a tire slowly losing air than a bursting balloon. “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” does all the groundwork and then simply peters out into the ether of mediocrity. It had a chance to be one of the great low-budget thrillers of all time. Instead it merely ranks as a good effort with a terrific central performance from Arterton.