Gone (2007)



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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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Critic Reviews for Gone

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

First-time director Ringan Ledwidge conjures up an effectively creepy mood to accompany three young backpackers on an ill-fated road trip across the Aussie desert.

Mar 13, 2007

Gone but not forgotten.

Mar 8, 2007 | Full Review…
Time Out
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...suffers from an egregiously laid-back pace that ultimately negates its few positive attributes...

Jul 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Debut feature for tv commercials director Ringan Ledwidge shows he has an innate sense of cinema, and handles the genre well and the outback looks gritty but great

Jul 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Solid direction and well shot visuals cannot overcome the inherent problems from the mixed performances, thin script, off-putting characterizations, and languished pacing

Apr 24, 2007 | Full Review…

In the end, the script lets the film down with its obvious twists, its naggingly illogical narrative and a general pointlessness.

Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gone


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 Wolf Creek. But it's different on about a friendly stranger who was trying to take over the British backpacker's girlfriend.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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Very average psychological drama with no surprises but acceptable performances.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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"In the tradition of WOLF CREEK" it says, but it's really more like THE HITCHER... if you took all the thrills from that movie and stuffed them into the last five minutes. Largely unimpressed by this one.

Steve B.
Steve B.

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Your average run of the mill psycho psychological thriller. Although it follows all the regular plot patterns it does have some nice visuals of the vast dry landscapes of Australia. Mechlowicz also proves his worth by creating a chilled but eerie character despite a real motivation. Evans is also good but lacks a character that demonstrates any real need, and he comes off as unsympathetic. It builds up nice and slow. with some unsettling mystery thrown in, but not much happens until the end where everything is wrapped up very quickly. Watch it for the acting and cinematography and try not to expect too much from the plot, especially if you've seen The Hitcher (although this is better than the remake). The final shot, with the wailing vocals is very emotive and the rest of the film should have felt as powerful.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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