8 April 2013 | Leofwine_draca
Passable thriller that rings a little hollow on occasion
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is a three-hander that sees spoilt rich kid Gemma Arterton kidnapped by a couple of goons and tied to a bed while they demand a ransom from her father. That's the entirety of the plot; of course, it's little to sustain a ninety-minute running time with that alone, so the scriptwriter has to come up with twist upon twist to keep the viewer guessing as the running time progresses.
I was in two minds about this film. It's superficially entertaining to be sure, with lots of drama and attempts at tension, and the suspense bubbles along quite nicely as the tale progresses. But there are serious flaws along the way too, not least the entire lack of a sympathetic character.
Arterton is the obvious choice as somebody to root for, but her limited acting abilities combined with a rather obnoxious character mean that the viewer won't really care whether she escapes or even survives the ordeal. Note to scriptwriter: merely having somebody kidnapped isn't reason enough for a viewer to get behind them. As for the other two cast members, Eddie Marsan is a seasoned professional as ever, but Martin Compston is a little bland and whiny and gets way too much screen time.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED does well to avoid falling into clichéd territory - there's no torture, for instance, which would have been an obvious inclusion these days - but once you know the storyline it doesn't really have much in the way of rewatch value. I liked it well enough the first time around, though.