David Oxberry
Owen Gleiberman
August 04, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
08/06/10
distributor
Anchor Bay Entertainment
genre
Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a D+

A brutally monotonous thriller, The Disappearance of Alice Creed tries to be one of those Who’s conning whom? puzzle-game movies — but it’s like Deathtrap with two twists instead of 12. A pair of crooks (Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) kidnap a rich girl (Gemma Arterton) who, it turns out, knows one of them already. Marsan overacts more tiresomely than he did in Happy-Go-Lucky, and director J Blakeson offers so many shots of the shackled Alice with a ball gag in her mouth that he appears to like those shots a bit too much. D+

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