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‘Gone’: Leave quickly

By Wang DexianMovies - 20 April 2012 10:34 AM | Updated 11:44 AM

‘Gone’: Leave quickly

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Rating: 1 star out of 5

The Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan

The Story: Jill Conway is a young woman who lives with her sister Molly, a recovering alcoholic. She also happens to be a woman who one year ago, was kidnapped and abandoned in a hole deep inside a forest.

There, she finds other human remains, but is able to escape when the killer tries to finish her off. Unfortunately for Jill, the police don't find the hole and don't buy the story as well because she had been committed into a psychiatric institution for a few years before the incident.

When she comes back home one night only to find Molly gone without any reason, she has to get to the bottom of this and possibly confront her past. thinks:  A thriller's supposed to make you think. It's supposed to make you guess and anticipate what's going to happen next. Unfortunately, ‘Gone’ isn't the thriller that'll make you do that. If the synopsis sounded somewhat interesting to you, the actual movie bogs it down with some of the most puzzling plot choices and illogical character decisions ever immortalized on screen.

The result? A psychological thriller that's the exact opposite of the word and completely lacking in thrills. You know it's bad when the biggest scare in the entire film is a cat jumping out from a closet.

Amanda Seyfried, as talented as she is, has had her fair share of clunkers in her career and this is definitely one of them. Even if she did try her darnest, she cannot possibly conquer some of the most insipid writing that is the script for this movie. For much of the film, we see Seyfried running about and panicking in a film that lacks the urgency that is standard requisite of a thriller. Even her expression , the boredom – or the lack of any panic, fear, desperation or any emotion that has anything to do with a thriller gives away that she herself probably knows how bad the material she has to work with is. At 94 minutes, it's not the longest movie in the world on paper, but the experience of having to sit through it certainly did feel like it.

To top it all off, the movie ends with a mind-numbingly stupid twist that takes whatever little that the movie had going for it and throws it straight into the trash can. We won't be discussing the ending in details, but take it from us... it's bad. There's very little in the movie worth recommending or giving merit to in this film. Not even Seyfried looking deliciously pretty can be counted as a good point if it means sitting through all of ‘Gone’. Lacking in almost every department imaginable, ‘Gone’ is truly a disaster all around. You'd be wise to skip it.