The Disappearance of Alice Creed

A female abduction crime thriller that gets a lot right!


The “Disappearance of Alice Creed” is a British film starring Gemma Atherton. She plays the pretty young daughter of a millionaire and she is kidnapped and held for ransom. The crime part of it is interesting. 

Director is J Blakeson. He’s known for the 5th wave which I found slow and boring. He also directed “The Descent Part 2” which I found refreshingly good in spite of being a sequel to a horror film I really like.

Gemma Atherton has done a lot through the years and continues to. You might recall her from “The Girl With All the Gifts” or “Hansel and Gretel” the horror film.

The two men who abduct her are played by Eddie Marsan & Martin Compston. They are at times abominable and at others buffoons. Either way, they mean business and will stop at nothing to extract the ransom for Atherton’s character. I enjoyed the interplay between all three. There were times when she was alone with each one and the dialog makes it very interesting to see who is playing who. The cat and mouse game goes traditional ways but there may be a turn or two for fans of the genre to be surprised at. People may say I liked it for the nudity as well but I will always deny it!

This is a much better film than the other. If you like crime thrillers that show psychological battles, it may be for you. It’s def for me: I gave it 8/10.

Note: My review appears in a podcast featuring 2 movies here:

Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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