Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
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.
First Five Minutes (from ComingSoon):
Official Plot Synopsis:
Two men — one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand — line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, mattress and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell. The kidnappers are Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), two ex—cons planning to make a mint on the ransom for the young woman. The younger, nervier of the two, Danny defers to the more experienced Vic, who acts with a steely conviction. Their hostage is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a rich businessman, chosen by Vic and Danny as their passport to a better life. Terrified and immobile at first, it soon becomes clear that Alice isn’t about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. As determined to escape as Vic and Danny are to succeed, Alice enters into a battle of wills which strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to breaking point, with Vic and Danny’s foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival.
Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. The Disappearance of Alice Creed will have a limtied release on August 6th 2010.