I am chagrined to confess I have never seen THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, even though it’s been sitting on my shelf for months. I’ve heard good things, though. When I found out RECKLESS was a sort of foreign retelling of the same story, my curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to take a look. I’m happy to report RECKLESS is a riveting and thrilling film, a true masterpiece of crime cinema!
If you are not familiar with RECKLESS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:
RECKLESS [aka Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.
I love everything about this movie, which is why I am happily giving it five out of five stars. It is that good.
The cinematography in RECKLESS is great, and the film looks tight onscreen. The direction is outstanding, and it shows in the fluid way the movie moves along. This is a 90 minute film, but the credits were rolling before I knew it.
The acting is excellent as well, with the whole cast giving top notch performances. Tygo Gernandt and Marwan Kenzari portray the kidnappers, while Sarah Chronis plays the victim. I am not familiar with their previous work, but I hope to see more of them in the future.
The story is the big winner in RECKLESS, though. It is chocked full of suspense and tension. There are also several twists that occur throughout, and each is a welcome surprise. I stayed glued to my screen for the entirety of the film, eager to see what was going to happen and hoping I hadn’t missed anything.
RECKLESS is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it. It is a foreign film with English subtitles and no dub-over, so be ready to read the dialogue. But that does not detract from the film at all. Give this one a look for sure. It is available now.