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The Ringan Ledwidge-directed, Andrew Upton and James Watkins-scripted psychological thriller Gone (a U.S.-British-Australian co-production) follows in the footsteps of such shockers as The Company of Strangers and Kalifornia, as several innocent, unwitting young travelers inadvertently find themselves at the mercy of a psychotic outsider who poses as a Good Samaritan. The story unfolds in the Australian outback, with Alex (Shaun Evans) en route to visit his girlfriend Sophie (Amelia Warner) in Byron. His intended plans take an unexpected left turn, however, when he misses his bus and accepts the offered assistance of another traveler, the seemingly benign American Taylor (Scott Mechlowicz). The men agree to spend the evening together and partake in a night of drunken excess with several women, but the next morning, Taylor takes a potentially incriminating Polaroid of Alex in bed with one of the girls. He nonetheless assures Alex that he has destroyed it, which assuages Alex's fears temporarily. When the men decide to remain together and travel across the outback with Sophie and her friend Ingrid, however, signs of duplicitous and shady behavior emerge from Taylor - including his overt sexual interest in Sophie, the threatening resurgence of the Polaroid, and Ingrid's sudden, inexplicable disappearance.

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Audience Reviews for Gone

  • Aug 22, 2014
    This movie did absolutely nothing for me. While it's incredibly derivative and cliched, I think a good movie could've, and should've, been made out of this. I think the atmosphere of the Australian outback helps set the mood. You feel as if Taylor decided to kill Alex and Sophie tha nobody would ever find their corpses. There is that sense of dread in the story. But the issue I have with the film, for the most part, is that the pacing is absolutely dreadful. Just terrible. I realize that some psychological films require a little bit of patience to get through, but this is just one of the worst movies, when it comes to pacing, that I've ever seen. More than once I felt compelled to just shut it off and watch something entirely different. There are so many movies that I can access on Netflix, or any other outlets such as Redbox, VOD, Amazon, Crackle, etc. that I felt that I genuinely was doing this movie a favor by watching it. I should never think that at any moment in any film. The truth is that I'm not doing them a favor, as my Netflix subscription lets me watch everything I want each month, so it's not like I'm paying to, exclusively, watch this film. I'm not saying this film is bad, but it doesn't particularly do a good job at trying to hold your attention. So you have shitty pacing, for one, and incredibly poor characterization, and even worse acting, that means that the "good people", Alex and Sophie, are both immensely unlikable. Alex is right about Taylor but the way he says makes him look like THE biggest asshole on earth, if you're Sophie at least. They could've found a better way for him to go about things, particularly if you're supposed to CARE for him, which you don't. Sophie's a dumbass for not realizing that something is up the moment Ingrid, who was with Taylor, supposedly left without telling anybody. She's also a dumbass for not listening to Alex when he was trying to warn her about Taylor. Granted she tried to leave several times, but it wasn't because of Taylor, it was because of Alex's reaction to being on this trip WITH Taylor. So it's kinda hard to like her as well when there's all this strange shit going on in front of her and she doesn't even realize it until it's too late. And Taylor was the villain, so he didn't need to be likable. But I did find the acting by Scott Mechlowicz, as Taylor, to not be particularly interesting. I just don't think this guy is good enough to pull off this type of sociopathic role. He just looks too much like a teen heartthrob to pull off an effective sociopath. I realize that it's not just about the look, as I'm pretty sure Leonardo DiCaprio, a handsome man according to many females and gay men, could pull off a sociopath, but that's because he's also immensely talented as an actor. Scott Mechlowicz, unfortunately for him, is no Leonardo and it definitely shows. I think he'd be good at a Casanova-type character who manipulates females into having sex with them by using his charms. He could pull that off, and he does do some of that here, but this role, while not being THAT complex, is simply out of his dramatic reach. It's also poor characterization when the villain is the LEAST unlikable character in the film. And I'd be hard pressed to think that it was by design. The last 10 minutes or so of the film are appropriately gory and violent, but by that point it's simply too late. The pacing, the poor characterization, the average acting all took its toll out by this point. Let me clear this up, I didn't find this film to be offensively bad or anything. It certainly didn't drive me to pulling my hair out. But this should've been such a simple, yet effective, story to tell that I'm simply just flabbergasted how they managed to screw it up THIS much. That doesn't mean I found this movie to be terrible, it has good atmosphere and a decent climax, but the other elements of the film just leave a lot to be desired. Can't really justify a recommendation of this film unless you've literally seen every movie Netflix has to offer. Scratch that, the only reason you should watch this film is if you've seen every film ever made period. New movies are released every week, so I highly doubt you'd need to resort to this to get your movie fill. I can see others enjoying this movie so much more than me, but I greatly disliked it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2008
    Reminded me of a softened version of <i>Wolf Creek</i>. As for <i>Gone</i>, it was a film I just couldn't get into it.
    Chris M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2008
    'Gone' attempts an opening set-up with some offbeat originality, but along the route cashes in the ending for generic convention, rendering nearly everything that preceded the finale all the more unsatisfying. It has been labelled a "contemporary psychological thriller", but both psychology and thrills take a back seat to a formula stricken ride of uneasiness and later, gore. Alex is a British kid backpacking in Australia, and on his journey meets the charismatic, confident Taylor. They spend a drunken night with some girls before picking up Alex's girlfriend, Sophie who joins them on a road trip into the wilderness of the outback. It's far too obvious where the film is going from here. The plot bears some resemblance to that of 'The Hitcher', but it's focus is suspense rather than action. Fortunately, Scott Mechlowicz delivers a riveting performance. He embodies his sinister and psychologically disturbing character perfectly and makes him an imposing and striking force on a couple's relationship. Alex catches on to Taylor's mind games quicker than Sophie, who is one dim-witted character, and whose ridiculous decisions are a major cause of audience frustration. Both Shaun Evans and Amelia Warner, as Alex and Sophie respectively give unremarkable performances. 'Gone' certainly holds an eerie and spine-tingling atmosphere, but it's potential for genuinely chilling moments are replaced for a cliched chase-out between two of the characters. I needn't say who survives and how, really. The tension is built well, simmering for over an hour, but it boils over into a predictable, and utterly disappointing mess. 'Gone' makes an attempt to be a smart horror flick, but despite some genuine shocks and a character more interesting than those regular films of the genre, it only just reaches mediocrity.
    John A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2007
    This thriller story set against the searing skies of Australia's brutally beautiful outback is familiar between the true story of British's Joanna Lees and Australia's <i>Wolf Creek</i>. But it's different on about a friendly stranger who was trying to take over the British backpacker's girlfriend.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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