Friday, February 24, 2012

Gone

Amanda Seyfried has come a long way since 2004's Mean Girls, and Gone showcases her at her best. Although there are various supporting characters throughout the film, the movie focuses primarily on Seyfried's character, and audiences must decide if her character really did get abducted two years ago or if it's all in her head, as the police seem to think.

Jill (Seyfried, In Time) lives in Portland (Oregon) with her sister, Molly (Emily Wickersham, I Am Number Four), a student. Jill works nights at a local diner, and she's vigilant about walking by herself at night; in one scene, a man wearing a hoodie walks briskly down the street towards Jill, who crosses to the other side of the street to avoid him, just in case. One night, Jill returns from work around 6:30am and goes to wake up Molly, who has an exam that day; Molly, however, is nowhere to be found. Jill quickly canvasses the house, but all she finds missing are her sister's purse and an old picture taken out of a picture frame. Panicked, she drives to the police station, and tells them that the person who abducted her two years ago, from the very same house, has taken Molly. They also must find her quickly because he will probably kill her that night, like he intended to do with Jill.

A new police officer, Hood (Wes Bentley, There Be Dragons), is taken with Jill's story and believes her, until another detective, Powers (Daniel Sunjata, One For the Money), tells her more of Jill's story: they never found the hole in the woods where she claimed her abductor had taken her, even though they searched high and low for it. Jill's parents had died within a few month of one another, and she had been on suicide watch in the hospital immediately after; she also has been in and out of psych wards. Jill said her abductor grabbed her from her bed, and that there were bones in the hole of other girls who had died there; however, there were no witnesses and nothing to back up Jill's story. Jill knows the police are not going to help her, and in fact think that she is lying, so she must find her sister herself, before she runs out of time.

Yes, definitely see this movie. The film was a lot better than I thought it would be. It's sort of a mix of Twilight - scenery-wise only, with sweeping overhead views of the forest, and also made by the same company, Summit Entertainment - and The Lovely Bones, in that this captor was just as cunning as the murderer in that movie. Seyfried is at her best here, and the flashbacks we see of her struggling to get free of the hole are powerful, in that they are sparse but leave a lasting impact. It's also interesting to try and figure out if her character is completely insane and prone to paranoia, or if she truly did get kidnapped the first time; from the flashbacks, I assumed that she did, but the police refused to believe her.

This film almost received four and a half stars out of five, but unfortunately there are too many plot holes and loose ends. Why did Jill's captor abduct her the first time, why didn't the police keep looking for the kidnapper, and why did she agree to meet the kidnapper alone in the woods? Despite these unanswered questions, however,  Gone is a fast-paced thriller that is definitely worth seeing.

Gone is in theaters today, February 24th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 94 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

4 comments:

  1. Great post and I will put Gone on my list of movies to check out.

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  2. Thanks! Yes, definitely check it out.

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  3. Excellent review...Better than I expected too. I also liked "GONE"...I stayed with the movie to the very end and it delivered nicely in the wrap. Keep up the excellent work, see you at the movies :)

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  4. Thanks, Regan!
    That ending was great too. The woods looked like the ones from Twilight, though if they did film it in Oregon it was not them (Twilight is filmed in Washington and I think maybe Canada too). Summit Entertainment produced both, though.

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