I’m not sure what attracted me to renting The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

Perhaps it was the trailer, or perhaps it was the fact that I have a growing crush on Gemma Arterton. Or perhaps it was the fact that the film features one of UK’s most underrated actors, Eddie Marsan. In all likelihood, it’s probably a combination of all of above.

A directional debut by J Blakeson, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is not the easiest film to watch and it pulls no punches when it comes to showing how humiliating an experience like being kidnapped can be.

With no dialogue in the first five minutes, the film starts off with Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan) turning a residential flat into an eventual prison – boarding up windows, installing multiple locks and soundproofing a bedroom. From there, they turn their attention to kidnaping Alice (Gemma Arterton).

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The fact that film only features these three characters, gives the cast plenty of room to bounce off one another. And with a script that features plenty of twists, everyone involved is at the top of their game. Especially Gemma Arterton, who puts in a very brave performance as the kidnapped Alice Creed.

In some ways, The Disappearance of Alice Creed reminded me of Reservoir Dogs. From what I recall, the film features only 3 locations, with a bulk of the action taking place in the aforementioned home made prison. And only as the film progresses does the audience learn the full extent of the relationships between each character.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

To discuss the plot any further would do a disservice to anyone who hasn’t seen the film. I’ll just say that with each revelation, the story forces you to look back on what has happened before with a new angle.

With The Disappearance of Alice Creed, writer/director J Blakeson has proven himself as one of the talents to look out for. With it’s tight script and solid performances, I can’t recommend this enough.

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.