Movie Review: Gone

Synopsis (from Rotten Tomatoes) :
In the new suspense thriller Gone, Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back for her sister. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister.

So the hubs and I watched this movie the other night and we were relatively excited when it came in the mail because we both thought it had a great storyline.  I mean, you’ve gotta admit – it’s got wicked potential.  I was really looking forward to seeing Amanda Seyfried outside of her ‘normal’ passive role and kicking a little bit of kidnapper ass. 

This movie clips along at a relatively quick pace which is nice because it keeps you from getting bored.  It also keeps you guessing regarding who the bad guy really is because there are several shady characters in the movie.  Sadly – that’s where the good things end.  Yes, it clips along at a good pace but then it comes to a screeching halt at the end, without actually leaving you fulfilled.  She confronts the bad guy, but it’s rather anticlimactic and (spoiler alert) you never figure out exactly who he is or why he was hunting her in the first place. 

It’s a significant letdown that after all Jill’s running, and all the guessing Seyfried makes us do, the climactic confrontation plays like an uninspired afterthought.  ~  Tom Russo / Boston Globe

You’ll sincerely dislike cops by the end of the movie because of the inept way they handle her case, or, more accurately, don’t handle the case they think she’s faking. 

In truth, Seyfried’s character seems to handle the entire thing a little too calmly.  I’d expect more freaking out, or more desire for vengance.  Perhaps I just think it’s strange because I’d act differently.  Who knows.  I’ve seen her do much better acting in movies like Letters to Juliet, Dear John, Mama Mia, and Mean Girls

It’s one of those Hollywood movies that goes in one eye and out the other.  ~  Derek Malcolm / This is London

If you’re looking for a thriller that isn’t really all that thrilling (and there’s no gore, just in case you’re worried about that) then this is your movie.  If you actually want something to give you a good mind twist may I suggest sticking with classics like Silence of the Lambs. 

A psychological thriller lacking in both psychological complexity and thrills.  ~  Simon Weaving / Screenwize

Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?

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