I had identified British writer-director J Blakeson's debut feature The Disappearance Of Alice Creed as one for me to see at this year's LFF and today's Variety review confirms that.
"Crisp handling, some clever twists and a welcome streak of dry humor hold attention throughout this indie Brit thriller. After meticulous preparations, Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) grab Alice (Gemma Arterton) off the street, hiding her in a well-fortified apartment in an abandoned building. They inform her rich father she'll be returned safely for E2 million. The victim's terror, and tensions between the two men — Vic a paranoid bully, Danny his younger, resentful subordinate — dominate the early stages. But the game shifts once one surprising secret connection between two protags is revealed; another soon follows. Multiple betrayals and reversals of fortune ensue. Perfs are good, packaging tersely efficient. Smart deployment of low-budget resources should get Blakeson more bigscreen work posthaste."