The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
A smart kidnap-and-ransom thriller with as much intense suspense as Reservoir Dogs and as many twists and turns as Wild Things, albeit most of them both better and more believable. Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan play two rather unconventional kidnappers, and Gemma Arterton is the girl they're trying to subdue. First-time writer/director J Blakeson has got lots of surprises in store for all three of them. And his real feat here is how he manages to maintain that subtle balance between playfulness and realism. The result is a tight and tense thriller where the balance of power and information shifts elegantly between the three characters until the very end.