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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly crafted thriller that puts filmmakers on the map. I’m not sure how it will play on repeat viewings, when it no longer has its clever plot turns to bolster it, but in any case it deserves to be seen. The amount of tension writer/director J Blakeson generates with just three actors and one location is pretty remarkable, especially for a first-time director. His actors are equally deserving of credit; the film asks a lot of them, relying heavily on the interplay between the characters, and they rise to the challenge admirably. It’s unfortunate that the movie didn’t get the US theatrical release it deserved, but consider yourself lucky; now you have the privilege of experiencing it free from spoilers, the way it was meant to be seen.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with writer/director J Blakeson, Deleted Scene, Extended Scene, Outtakes, and a Storyboard Comparison.

DVD PRICE
Amazon – $21.99

BLU-RAY PRICE
Amazon – $25.99

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

A Bigger Boat and Anchor Bay Entertainment have released the first five minutes of The Disappearance of Alice Creed online. The movie is about the kidnapping and ransom of a daughter of a rich businessman. The hostage Alice Creed is played by Gemma Arterton, best known from playing the princess in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Io in Clash of the Titans and Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace.

I had a chance to screen this film last year at the Toronto Film Festival, and was impressed at its clever use of self-containment. Most of the film takes place in the room where Alice is being held hostage, with a minimalistic cast of three or four actors total. The story is actually quite thrilling, filled with twist after twist after twist after twist (which may be the film’s eventual downfall). But I do recommend you check out this independent film, at least when it hits DVD.

Watch the first five minutes of the film embedded after the jump. I’ve also included the US trailer for the film for those who haven’t yet seen it.

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

You may recall that we ran a UK teaser trailer for The Disappearance of Alice Creed in a March edition of This Week in Trailers. A Bigger Boat and Anchor Bay Entertainment have finally released a proper U.S. trailer for the film. The movie is about the kidnapping and ransom of a daughter of a rich businessman. The hostage Alice Creed is played by Gemma Arterton, best known from playing the princess in the upcoming Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Io in Clash of the Titans and Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace.

I had a chance to screen this film last year at the Toronto Film Festival, and was impressed at its clever use of self-containment. Most of the film takes place in the room where Alice is being held hostage, with a minimalistic cast of three or four actors total. The story is actually quite thrilling, filled with twist after twist after twist after twist (which may be the film’s eventual downfall). But I do recommend you check out this independent film, at least when it hits DVD.

Right now you can watch the US trailer, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Iron Man 2

Okay, so we took a day off from the Poster round-up and it seems like the one-sheets have really stacked up fast. Today we bring you two Iron Man 2 IMAX movie posters, the one-sheet for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Nightmare on Elm Street Motion Poster, an Italian one-sheet for Despicable Me, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, and posters/promo images for two television shows: True Blood and Lost. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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