I don't know if I love or hate the fact that studios are starting to show off the first five minutes of a film. I just got finished watching the first five minutes for the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, and I'm 100% hooked! I'm pissed off that I can't watch the rest of the movie right now, it looks like it's gonna be a great thriller. There's a lot of intensity built up in the first part of this movie. This definitely looks like a film worth watching.
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, a 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.”
I think it would be interesting if the studios stopped cutting together trailers, and just started showing us the first five minutes of a movie. I can usually tell within the first 5 or 10 minutes if a movie is going to be good or not. Now watch the first five minutes of the movie below and let us know what you think!
The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens in limited release on August 6th and premieres on VOD the same day.