The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

I do not joke when I say this, but the opening fifteen minutes of this British thriller is truly terrifying. Written and directed by J Blakeson and starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston tells the story about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex convicts.

What is so frightening about the opening scenes of this film is that the audience sees these two men preparing to kidnap someone (we don’t know who yet). We see them getting sound proofing, handcuffs, saws and other objects from the local DIY store. What is more, the music tells the story, the audience doesn’t see the two men communicate in this sequence. It is truly terrifying.

The film, which was screened in 2009 at the London Film Festival and later released in a World Premiere of the film in April 2010, it feels like a true British independent film, character based, a small cast of three actors and the audience is right there with them, with Alice.

Blakeson was clearly sending out a message to audiences, we don’t know who is out there or what terrible harm they can do to you. Many modern films nowadays show a rose tinted view of the world, which is perfectly ordered and wonderful to look at. Quite often these types of films are American, with the studios looking to gain as much money as possible. Us Brits do it differently, we prefer films which tell us, the audience, how it is, we like brutality, and Alice Creed is certainly brutal.

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