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Gone - Review

Gone

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of Gone, Deleted scenes.

WHILE most horror films featuring lost backpackers seem to rely on gore for their chills, Gone is much more psychological – and a great deal better for it.

Set against the desolate Australian outback, Ringan Ledwidge’s film follows the fortunes of young British couple Sophie (Amelia Warner) and Alex (Shaun Evans) as they arrive in Australia for a backpacking adventure.

They soon meet charismatic American drifter Taylor (Scott Mechlowicz) and decide to abandon the usual tourist trail and head off inland to see the barren but beautiful outback.

But Alex soon begins to realise that Taylor is developing an unhealthy infatuation with his girlfriend, Sophie, and tries to get them away – only to find that his new friend holds some potentially incriminating evidence against him and a dark, potentially violent temper.

Although set in Australia, Gone is a low-budget British film that benefits from a low-key approach. The premise may be similar to Wolf Creek and Paradise Lost but the emphasis is much less on violence, and much more on sustained psychological tension.

It’s the increasingly fractured dynamic between Alex and Taylor that keeps viewers gripped, particularly since Alex is a flawed human being himself.

Anyone expecting blood and violence to rival the more high-profile likes of Wolf Creek may be disappointed at the relative lack of action, but for anyone who has grown tired of the usual stalk, slash, torture routine this offers a hauntingly different approach.

Indeed, Ledwidge’s restraint behind the camera merely lends things a heightened sense of authenticity that stays with you for quite some time after the credits have finished.

Gone is a very worthwhile entry into the missing backpacker horror genre as well as a deeply disturbing cautionary tale.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 84mins