We're very excited about opening THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED this coming Friday at the Alamo South Lamar. This movie is a rock-solid thrill ride. It's got so many twists that even M. Night Shyamalan felt a little carsick watching it. Alamo Drafthouse/Fantastic Fest founder Tim League has this to say about the film:
"No question, if this British chunk of C-4 weren't being released next month, you can be damn sure it'd have a spot on the Fantastic Fest 2010 roster come September. Writer/director J Blakeson has managed to distill the suspense-thriller genre down to a 150-proof EverClear-like annihilator, then blend it perfectly with... assorted mixers and twists to create a surprisingly smooth and unsuspecting cinematic cocktail you won't soon forget. And the super-secret ingredient is bombshell Gemma Arterton (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, PRINCE OF PERSIA), who turns in a career-defining performance as the titular Creed who won't let a little kidnapping spoil her day."
He's not the only one who's nuts over his picture. Frank Scheck of Hollywood Reporter calls the film "taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing," and "thrillingly old-fashioned in the best sense." Similarly, our very good friend Scott Weinberg from FEARnet sees it as a new approach to a subgenre that we all love but which sometimes comes off as stale, "When someone is able to re-tell the old "hostage" story using only three actors, four locations, and (at least) five nifty twists, then I say that's a low-budget import that's worthy of some attention."
Simon Jablonski fromFilm4 praises up one of the best parts of the film, the gorgeous and intensely simple beginning: "The opening sequence is one of the more impressive in British cinema for a good while. Without any dialogue, save the screams of Alice Creed, the first ten minutes sets out the situation brilliantly. Two men, Danny and Vic, kidnap a girl (Gemma Arterton), tie her naked to a bed and take photos of her. In the silence you're never sure what the men are thinking or aiming for." Also addressing this scene, Christopher Kelly from the Victoria Advocate says, "The first-time director, J Blakeson, adopts a methodical, but brisk pace, steadily deepening the sense of dread with the help of the superbly moody music by Marc Canham. It's an extraordinary feat of visual storytelling, showing us everything, telling us nothing."
Peter Bradshaw, of the Guardian, gives the film four stars and expresses his excitement for the visual, narrative and performative flourishes of the film: "There's twist and counter-twist, cross and double-cross, and with each narrative reveal comes a firework display of Big Acting. It's taut, claustrophobic and very well put together, with nice performances all round" He also singles out the director, saying, "Blakeson is a name to watch."
All in all, this picture is a great, compact genre film, exactly the kind of thing we program for Fantastic Fest. Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post captures this quality perfectly: "THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is edgy fun, a kind of miniaturist thriller that keeps its focus tight and its aim high. And it hits the bulls eye every time."
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED opens this Friday at the Alamo South Lamar.