The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Directed By: J Blakeson


The first reel of this film is shocking in its clinical accuracy – you see with silent determination two men execute what appears to be a perfect abduction. Textbook precision, from the plastic lined van to the ingenious unlocking of a door’s security chain (that one will haunt me for a while), you have at these first moments a professional, almost verité documentation of a kidnapping.

Naturally, things go wrong as the ransom demands are made, as the film explores just how badly things can screw up despite all the careful preparation.

Limited to just the three central characters, Creed is almost play-like in its structure, yet it never feels limited in scope.

A highly interesting film from writer/director Blakeson, a fine low- budget thriller with good performances, with a clever yet archetypal plot.

Grade: B+


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