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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Amanda Seyfried
Jennifer Carpenter
Les Bentley.
Directors
Heitor Dhaua.
Screenwriters
Allison Burnett .
Running Time
94 minutes

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Gone
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Plot
Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) claims to have escaped from a serial killer, but the police think she’s delusional. When her sister goes missing, she can’t get official help and sets out to find and confront the culprit.


Review
The sort of nothing-special thriller you’d be reasonably happy to watch on a plane or late-night cable, Gone has a nice sense of escalating panic and empowerment as Seyfried’s wide-eyed heroine goes off her meds and shows some detective smarts – inventing plausible lies at every turn – which also make even those who sympathise with her quest wonder if she’s made it all up and the missing girl has just gone off on a bender.

A succession of you-know-the-face character actors crop up as witnesses who might just have something to hide or cops who might be working their own agenda, but it’s a star turn for Seyfried, who manages to be credibly jittery and emperilled but show some action chick smarts as if she were the Girl With the Dragon Temporary Tattoo. There’s a creepy trip into Oregon woods at the end, with Seyfried exchanging barbed dialogue over the mobile phone with the flat-voiced mystery man who seems to know the answer, but the finale doesn’t go for Grand Guignol when the film really could do with a lift.


Verdict
Seyfried isn’t bad and there are some decent chills and little creepy bits along the way, but this is an almost deliberately familiar story. If you want to see it, catch it this week before it’s...


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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RE: Gone

L: Filmfan 2 Here be spoilers! L: Dr Lenera In the first instance, she has a gun and shoots out the lock on the window. As for her friend, where is it that it's established that she's not on good terms with her? They get on fine in the begining, and after she she visits her the first time, they'd only argued a little. My own views on the film are that it's largely forgettable. It's nicely shot and the acting is solid enough, but the red herrings are blatant and t... More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:41, 24 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Gone

Here be spoilers! L: Dr Lenera As it stands, the police seem incredibly stupid and even arrogant in this film, and you start to hate them. Any interesting psychological dimensions soon become lost as the story sinks into a format of; Jill does some investigating and is caught up with by the police, over and over again. Suspects are plentiful; there’s a friendly but rather creepy policeman, a locksmith and his perhaps ‘backward’ son, a hardware shop owner who seems too keen to help... More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 15:56, 24 April 2012 | Report This Post


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One year ago, Jill Conway was kidnapped by a serial killer who abandoned her in a hole in the forest, where she found human remains. When her abductor descended into the hole to kill her, Jill was able to knock him unconscious with a bone and climb his rope and return to civilization. However, the police didn’t find the hole and discovered that Jill had been committed to a psychiatric institution for several years after her parents’ death. Believing that the abduction only happened in Jill’s he... More

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