The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Category Thriller
Year: 2009
Time: 96 minutes
Production: Isle of Man Films
Director: J Blakeson
Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston
Our Rating 7/10 - not a nice movie, but still well-directed
Watchability 1/10 - definitely not one for the Christmas list
Contributed by JT

"Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there's even time to react, we're plunged into a very nasty situation, but not a simple one."

So, how does it end?

When Vic leaves to sort out the deal, Danny enters the room with Alice and unties her. She seduces him - and then chains him to the bed.

She can't leave the apartment as the front door is locked. She phones the police, and tells them to trace the call. She picks up the loaded gun on the table and goes back into the room.  She fumbles around for the keys, but a naked Danny manages to kick the gun away from her and puts some ninja choke hold on her neck with his foot. He then ties an unconscious Alice back up on the bed.

Vic returns. Danny is sent to get the van ready. Vic first finds the bullet in the wall - and then the mobile next to Alice and slowly starts to piece things together. Alice screams for Danny as Vic beats her up.  He asks if Danny told her his name, which sadly seals her death warrant.

Danny returns to the apartment. After a bit of tension, they render Alice unconscious, again, with a drug this time, and then take her to the van. They drop her off at an abandoned farm building and chain her up. Vic changes the plans and asks Danny to join him. They follow a GPS system to find the shallow grave they dug before - but the money is not there.

Vic is about to shoot Danny for his betrayal, when Danny fights and manages to escape - but is still shot. Vic can't find the body. He picks up the cash from town, transfers the bags to a waiting car, and torches the white van. Vic returns to Alice to kill her - but Danny shows up.

Danny shoots Vic - and leaves Alice behind. He gets into the car with the money and leaves.

A dying Vic manages to remove the keys from his pocket. Alice squirms and just about reaches them, and then breaks free. As she wanders along the country roads she notices a few £50s floating along the road - and then the car that has hit a fence. Danny has died from blood loss. She dumps his body onto the road, has a bit of a cry (bless her, it's been a traumatic few days), then cranks up the radio and makes off into the sunset.

4.09/10 ( 11 Votes )
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