A film with only three actors, four locations, a first time director and a budget that wouldn’t cover the catering for a major movie needs to have everything going its way just to make an impression in the crowded market place that is the modern world of cinema. This has everything and more.
The film opens with two men, Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) meticulously setting up a job. They purchase tools and materials and proceed to securely set up an apartment with sound proofing, boarded up windows and a bed with restraints. Once complete they steal a van and set about starting their scheme, namely abducting a girl, Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton). It all goes to plan with Alice stripped, photographed re-clothed, gagged and restrained on the bed. Initial demands are made to Alice’s father and to back it up Alice is forced to make a video at knife point emphasising how much danger she is in. Everything is going too well. The exchange for £2 million is arranged and it looks like the duo may get away with it. Tensions are running high and tempers are short. It is only a matter of time before they either make a mistake or something happens to totally change the dynamic of the situation. Continue reading