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Thursday, August 12, 2010

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

By Linda Zises

Director: J. Blakeson
Writer: J. Blakeson
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan
Producer: Adrian Sturges
Executive Producers Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson
Co-producers Andrew Fingret
Original Music: Marc Canham
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Genre: Thriller, Comedy

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a thriller turned into an almost comedy and shows the triumph of women over the minds and brawn of the stronger men in their lives.

It might be difficult to find a man to enjoy the turns and twists of this solid thriller but women seem unanimous in their enjoyment of this film.

While this is a violent film, it is also funny, light-hearted and almost not believable.

Of the three cast members Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton) got the worst of the nudity and violence that ripples throughout the film because she is tied and gagged for most of the scenes. Her seemingly endless screams and squirming body would stay with me long after the film ended if they hadn't been upstaged by the most compelling innovative sounds created by the original music of composer Marc Canham that thundered with Dolby clarity, filling the theater to capacity.

But there is also silence; the long protracted moments of no music, just action and the men's voices. It was during the silence that I knew I was in the presence of genius: the genius of great music composers who know what to play and when to play it.

This music doesn't talk to emotions either present or anticipated but instead uses deep bass tones like mellow velvet vibrations and other unidentifiable instruments to enhance and augment the thematic needs of every filmed moment.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a game of cat and mouse with many a playful gesture mixed with a deadly foray into the minds and methods of professional crooks, ex cons and the seedy sorts that inhabit our immediate environment. Composer Marc Canham comes from a Games background that is perfectly suited for this film.

As the film unfolded, there was a tangible feel of humanity and likeable features in the characters, even in the crooks turned kidnappers.

Surprisingly, Alice, the victim was the weakest character and the least likable person on screen. I thought the part was poorly cast and that she was too old for the part. Although she was cruel and one dimensional, that didn't dampen my applause.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is fun, playful, memorable and worth seeing.