The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Disappearance of alice creed UK poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by J Blakeson
Produced by Adrian Sturges
Written by J Blakeson
Starring Gemma Arterton
Martin Compston
Eddie Marsan
Music by Marc Canham
Cinematography Philipp Blaubach
Edited by Mark Eckersley
Isle of Man Film
Distributed by West End Films
Release dates
  • 12 September 2009 (2009-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 30 April 2010 (2010-04-30) (United Kingdom)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office US $811,930

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton as the captured Alice Creed, with Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan as Danny and Vic, the kidnappers.[2][3]


Vic, a gay man, and Danny, who is bisexual and in a relationship with Vic, kidnap Alice, the daughter of a rich man, for a two million pound ransom. Alice, with her head hooded, is taken to a soundproofed room. Her wrists are forcibly fastened to a bed with handcuffs, and her ankles are forcibly attached to the bed with rope. She struggles wildly but, one by one, every single article of her clothing is then cut off, ending with her bra and panties. Once she is naked, a newspaper from that day is placed on top of her genitalia and her hood is removed, revealing that a ballgag has been buckled into place. Her head is held so that she is forced to look at the camera as she is photographed while still naked. Her hood is then replaced and she is left ballgagged, naked, and spreadeagled on the bed. Unknown to Vic, Danny and Alice are in a relationship and Danny plans to keep all the ransom money for Alice and himself. Alice hates her father for cutting her out of her inheritance. Therefore, Danny assumes that she will be happy with his plan, though she is not informed about the plan as she has to be genuinely frightened, otherwise Vic would become suspicious.

While Vic is away, sending the photos and demanding the ransom, Danny is guarding the imprisoned Alice. She uses a ploy of going to the toilet to get Danny to turn his back, and she manages to grab his pistol, which she fires into the wall. When she points the gun at Danny, he is forced to reveal his identity to her, and explain the plan. She is angry, but eventually agrees to play along, for fear of Vic killing them both. Vic returns, and Danny finds the empty shell casing on the floor just in the nick of time, and has to swallow it to hide it from Vic. Later, while Vic is away again sending Alice's father a video message wherein Alice pleads for her life and for her father to 'just give them the money', Danny and Alice are about to share an intimate moment. However, Alice exploits the situation to handcuff Danny naked to the bed and pick up the gun, which Danny eventually manages to take off her. Vic returns and, while Danny is out, finds a mobile phone on Alice's person showing that she has managed to call the police. He also finds the bullet in the wall and he forces Alice to tell him about Danny's plan.

Vic is shocked that Danny has deceived him, even more so because the two of them are lovers, observing that Danny could not have faked his arousal. They transport Alice to a warehouse and lock her up there. Then, while in a nearby forest where the ransom was supposed to be 'dropped' (buried beneath a tree), Vic confronts and shoots Danny, who is wounded and escapes. Vic then retrieves the ransom and goes to Alice. He tries to give her a fatal injection but the wounded Danny returns and overcomes him and then shoots him with the pistol, taking the ransom money and leaving Alice alive but still locked up and alone. Before Vic dies, he gives some keys to Alice, who then manages to escape. As she walks down the road, she finds Danny in the escape car, also dead from his prior wound, and, after several reflective moments and tears, drives off with the money.


The three are the entire cast. One trailer for the film includes a (partial) scene with the voice of a fourth person speaking over the telephone; that scene, however, is not in the actual film.


The film was screened at the 2009 London Film Festival,[4] the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival,[5] and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.

After a well publicised Facebook campaign to choose a Cinema to host the World Premiere of the film, Southampton University Student's Union won the event, which took place on 20 April 2010.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The Disappearance of Alice Creed has been well received by critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 82% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 92 reviews.[7] It has received a number of four star ratings in the UK press.[8][9][10] Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian made the following comment about the much discussed plot twists: "There's twist and counter-twist, cross and double-cross, and with each narrative reveal comes a firework display of Big Acting".[11] It was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of TIFF,[12] praises J Blakeson's directorial style, claiming that "Not since Reservoir Dogs has a hostage standoff been handled with such intelligence".[5]

The film was nominated for the Raindance Award at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards.[13]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD in the UK on 4 October 2010.[14]


  1. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  2. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed IMDb – The Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed The British Films Catalogue
  4. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed The Times BFI London Film Festival
  5. ^ a b The Disappearance of Alice Creed Toronto International Film Festival
  6. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed Official website
  7. ^ "The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ [1] Film Review at
  9. ^ [2] Film Review at
  10. ^ [3] Film Review at (London)
  11. ^ Peter Bradshaw (29 April 2010). "The Disappearance of Alice Creed". The Guardian. 
  12. ^ Cameron's Highlights Toronto International Film Festival
  13. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed British Independent Film Awards
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