The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Two men – one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand – line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, a mattress and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, they take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.
A taut, emotionally tense thriller, the debut feature from writer-director J Blakeson eschews genre convention, generating tension from the sexual and psychological ties that bind captive to captors. Produced by Adrian Sturges ("The Escapist"), the film stars Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace," "Clash of the Titans," Prince of Persia"), Eddie Marsan ("Happy-Go-Lucky," "Sherlock Holmes") and Martin Compston ("Sweet Sixteen," "Red Road").
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