These days, whenever you see something about a movie with a title like The Disappearance of Alice Creed, you probably, like me, assume it’s another shitty horror movie. After titles like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the Haunting of the House on Haunted Hill With the House That Was Haunted, you have certain expectation when words are strung together in a particular fashion.
Yet again, I digress. The Disappearance of Alice Creed is refreshingly not a ghost story, but rather a British kidnapping drama. Alice Creed, played by the lovely Gemma Arterton, who recently dulled up the screen in Clash of the Titans, but was also pretty solid in Quantum of Solace (and not to be confused with Gemma Atkinson, who is apparently a British soap star and lingerie model — again, a digression), plays the titular Ms. Creed. She gets kidnapped by two miscreants who are planning on drawing a substantial ransom from her wealthy father. Instead, she secretly allies herself with one of the kidnappers and, in all likelihood, the plot shall thicken and hijinks will most assuredly ensue.
Here’s the trailer:
It looks like it might be enjoyable, but doesn’t blow me away. It is nice to see Eddie Marsan getting work — he was great as Inspector Lestrade in Sherlocke Holmes, and was effectively crazy/creepy in the glorious misfire that was Hancock. It’s directed by first-time director J. Blakeson, who apparently also wrote the screenplay to The Descent 2. Hmmm… Unfortunately, The Disappearance of Alice Creed kind of has rental written all over it. Arterton is quite the yummy cupcake though.