The Disappearance of Alice Creed http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1379177/
British export Thriller/Drama
Two ex-cons steal a van, buy supplies that would make Dexter proud, then fortify a room in an abandoned apartment building. They kidnap a young woman to hold her for ransom.
Then things get knotted up.
It is a cast of 3. 2 kidnappers and the kidnapee. So there's no need to strain to remember who is who. And, honestly, no need to muddle the story up any by throwing extras into the mix. All the cast members deliver well, and a special nod to the actress for delivering a believable performance of being kidnapped (and everything else that happens after).
You might recognize the young woman, actress Gemma Arterton. She was Tamina in Prince of Persia, and Io in Clash of the Titans.
I don't want to say much more about the flick because I wouldn't want to spoil it.
It was an engaging thriller - kept my attention from start through to the end. Didn't notice any dragging of the story - the pace quickened and slowed at good intervals. I'm sure there's a science to the pacing that agrees best with an audience.
Anyhoo- if you're up for a good kidnap thriller/drama this'll do. Heads-up for young eyes: there's some violence and a cutting-off-of-clothes scene. Unless don't mind your kids watching violence and a screaming, writhing girl have her clothes cut off.
(original post 4 Dec 2010)
Edit: after seeing Arterton's performances in Prince of Persia and in Clash of the Titans I am even more impressed by the quality of her acting in this flick.
Edit 2: Rewatched the film for Christmas 2011. Well, that wasn't the goal, it just happened to be on a movie channel. It is still a good flick, though recalling how events unfold takes some of the suspense out of things. So there is a slight diminishing of thrill value from subsequent viewings.