Gone review

Director:
Heitor Dhalia
Cast:
Amanda Seyfried
Daniel Sunjuta
Emily Wickersham
Wes Bently
Rated: PG-13

Interesting name since it will be gone from theaters probably by next week.

“Gone,” a thriller is Amanda Seyfried’s latest film in which she plays a woman named Jill who is haunted by a past, traumatic experience. A few years before the start of the story, Jill was kidnapped and brought out into the middle of the woods by a serial killer but managed to escape. Since then she has lived in paranoia of when he will strike.

It just so happens that one night, he does strike again and this time he makes it personal when he kidnaps Jill’s sister Molly (Wickersham). This sets off Jill on a man hunt for the killer as she goes around picking up clues as to her sister’s captor. She has to be careful, though, as the police are after her as well, believing that she made the whole thing up.

The plot of “Gone” turns out to be wildly mediocre, with hardly any real thrills being thrown out along the way. The entire story feels very rushed and never really gets a chance to be fleshed out. For a while it seems that the movie is somewhat of a mystery, and that would be fine, had the film not basically shown us who the main suspect is in the first 15 minutes.

The characters here have very little depth. Starting with the detectives who were investigating Jill’s case, they were all completely bland and their acting was stiff. The film never really lets you get to know them either, the same can be said about the main character too though. We get that Jill is paranoid and is haunted by memories but besides that there is hardly anything else. Amanda Seyfried tries and does add to the fear that the character has, yet she’s just not given enough to do to make a more interesting person to follow.

The supporting cast is portrayed a bit strange as well. It made it look in a way like every single guy that Jill came in contact with was a creep, even if they had nothing to do with what was going on. I get that this might have been done to create a sense that no where is safe and the killer could be around any corner however it’s done to the extreme here and in a way is just telling and not really showing.

Overall, “Gone” is a highly forgettable film. There’s no great performances here and everything feels rushed and slapped together. This one gets a 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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