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Gone (Amanda Seyfried) - Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

AMANDA Seyfried’s Gone is a suspense thriller that’s neither suspenseful nor thrilling.

Rather it’s a pedestrian and increasingly stupid film that was inspired by a ‘kernel’ of an idea, namely a girl alone in the woods, trapped in a hole.

One of the film’s producers had the idea and screenwriter Allison Burnett embellished it for Heitor Dhalia to direct. But all must take some share of the blame for the unsatisfying mess that results.

The plot finds Seyfried playing Jill, who returns home after a night shift at a diner to find her sister missing. Convinced she has been abducted by the same serial killer who tried unsuccessfully to kill her the year before she embarks on a race against time to save her sister.

But the police, led by Daniel Sunjata’s Powers, aren’t interested, given the lack of evidence surrounding Jill’s original claim and her history with mental illness, and instead begin to keep an eye on her.

To be fair, there is a kernel of a good idea to be found in Dhalia’s movie if it had played around more with the idea of what’s real and what’s imagined. But his direction lacks tension and is way too pedestrian to grip – even a couple of car chases feel half-hearted and added for good measure.

Seyfried, meanwhile, comes across as blank and fails to invest her character with either the ambiguity needed to make her complex or the conviction to make her sympathetic.

The contrived nature of Burnett’s screenplay, on the other hand, stretches credibility and opts for the absurd, right down to the preposterous – yet still underwhelming – climax.

A supporting cast including Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter and The Hunger Games‘ Wes Bentley is also wasted in thankless roles.

Gone is therefore a misfire from start to finish and proof positive that it takes more than a kernel to make a good movie.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 95mins
UK Release Date: April 20, 2012