Two small time criminals have a plan: kidnap the daughter of a millionaire, hold her for ransom, get the money and disappear somewhere hot. Sounds like a fairly simple plan, doesn't it? It is, at least in theory. Of course very little is simple in The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a first rate British thriller which rises above the limitations of its small budget to deliver a solid tale with an outstanding performance from Gemma Arterton as Alice. I can't think of many actresses who'd put themselves through the things Arterton does here, and while there will be viewers uncomfortable with the aggression shown and implied towards her character, trust me when I say the victim is not who you always think it is.
This isn't a thriller in the sense that there's a police investigation into the kidnap; there are no car chases, no gunfights, no helicopters and no Bruce Willis in a dirty vest. This is about as British as it gets. Low, slightly grimy and with one eye on a better life.