19/4/14. Updating this from 3 to 4 stars. Not sure why I found it silly on first watch. I had forgotten most of it when I rewatched it tonight, and if found it a really good suspense film.
Good movie! 'Gone' kept my attention and kept me interested for the majority of its length. Fast pacing, serviceable dialog, and pleasant visuals were part of the reason. The entire film follows the protagonist, rather than focusing equal part on serial killer, but it does not detract from the depth film at all, and actually helps the pacing. Very good acting from Amanda Seyfried! Pretty good thriller, I would recommend it.
n the chilling suspense thriller 'Gone,' Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, having escaped from a kidnapping a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back and taken Molly. Since the killer leaves no trace, the police don't have any evidence and can't help her. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sunrise, Jill sets out alone on a nail-biting chase to come face-to-face with the killer. Will she have enough time to find and outwit him, expose his secrets and save her sister?
It seems like every bad Hollywood thriller has been set in the Pacific Northwest recently. They all share the exact same credit sequence, a helicopter shot following the protagonist as they drive through the landscape, the road flanked by thick woodland. This is but the first cliche delivered here. At one point we get the obligatory jump scare involving a cat in a closet. I can understand how a cat might get inside a closet but without the aid of opposable thumbs how on earth do they manage to close the door behind them? This is the sort of question you'll be asking yourself while watching this, as it sure beats concentrating on the film.
I'm not sure if Seyfried is really this bad an actress or if it's just the painful dialogue she has to vomit throughout. She constantly looks confused and I'm not sure if that's acting. Anyone who grew up in the eighties will remember the moment in "Commando" when a thug pleads with Arnie "You said you wouldn't kill me!" only to be dropped off a clifftop as the Austrian Olivier replies "I lied!" That scene is replayed verbatim with Seyfried in the Arnie role. Strangely it's not actually the worst moment in the film.
Of course it wouldn't be a modern thriller without desaturated cinematography, so extreme here that every actor looks like they were recently pronounced dead, and in some cases rigor mortis is setting in. Why you would shoot in such a colorful location only to remove all color from the final film is a puzzle to me. So many film-makers seem to think thrillers can't be colorful. They can. There once was an overweight English director who filled his thrillers with color no matter how dark the subject, but I wouldn't expect the hacks of today to be familiar with his work.
I suspect the movie's title may be prophetic for the career of it's director.
Jill goes looking for her sister but when she pulls a gun on someone for informantion, the cops finally get off their ass but to try and arrest Jill. We're supposed to think that "what if Jill is nuts?" but is hard when there's so many flashbacks of her abduction. So I just spent most of the movie finding the police annoying. I also spent most of the movie wondering "why is Amanda Seyfried in this?"