If there is any good reason not to watch an Amanda Seyfried movie, please don’t reveal it to me – on this particular point, I enjoy living in ignorant innocence and rapt admiration! Ahem. Oh, the movie? Right! Gone is a thriller about a young woman, Jill, with a history of mental illness. She claims she was once kidnapped and put in a hole in a forest (yeah, there are definite shades of The Silence of the Lambs here), but the police couldn’t find any evidence, and so Jill was committed to a mental hospital for a while and subjected to psycho-analysis. Now, with all this behind her, Jill comes home one day to find her co-habitating sister gone without a trace. Instantly, Jill assumes that her kidnapper is back, and goes to the police, who however don’t believe her, with reference to the earlier (non)case. Instead, they believe she is going off the deep end again.
So the question is, is Jill sane? Is she perhaps schizophrenic? What’s what? The movie, especially towards the end, is actually very effectively suspenseful. Jill is forced to try to solve the kidnapping case and find Molly (her sister) herself, all the while being on the run from the police, who want to take her in because she has a gun and is considered unstable. A new police officer whose surname ominously is Hood (as Jill’s kidnapper also wore a hood and she is afraid of everyone who wears one) apparently tries to meet privately with Jill. Maybe he’s the kidnapper? Or maybe Jill is imagining it all, and/or is herself the kidnapper?!
The possibilities seem to be many, and the movie builds to a crescendo that should have presented us with an amazing and unexpected twist, and then doesn’t. Well, I suppose you might, with a bit of good will, call it a twist, but it is certainly neither amazing nor unexpected – except for its unexpected twistlessness. It’s a shame about the ending, because the movie grows more and more exciting as it progresses, promising a more and more interesting climax, but sadly it ends up having a resolution that is even more pedestrian and blandly mainstream than its unremarkable beginning.
Well, all is not lost, because if you are an appreciator of beauty, there’s always Seyfried’s blond, bonny and buxom self to gawk at. Go ahead, you know you want to! There are worse ways to while away 94 minutes…
The DVD, which was released on August 13, has four preview trailers, and English subtitles. The image quality is very good.
Director: Heitor Dahlia
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Sunjata, Emily Wickersham, Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan and others.
Runtime: 94 min.