Save your money for something good and enjoyable
Good story, Not enough for a whole film
Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
This is one of those movies where the lead performance can carry it with a decent plot. Amanda Seyfried's performance was the highlight in this suspense thriller where her sister vanishes from her house, and she is certain that the sister was abducted by the same person who had abducted her a few years earlier. The problem is, the police did not believe her when she reported her own abduction, due to her mental condition at the time, and they do not believe her now, so she is pretty much on her own, with the exception of one officer new on the case who seems to believe her. She makes all the right moves in her "investigation," there are some good twists and turns, and it leads to a good showdown at the end.This movie was very suspenseful all around with an excellent performance in the lead and a good supporting cast. You might not expect what happens at the end. I recommend it.*** out of ****
***SPOILERS**** it's when her kid sister Molly Conway, Emily Wickersham, doesn't show up for a test she's to take at her collage Jill, Amanda Seyfried, feels that she's been kidnapped by the person who kidnapped her two years ago and held her hostage in a pit at the spacious, where no one can find her,Forest Park until she somehow escaped. Looking like twins Jill a former mental patient feels the kidnapper had mistaken her sister Molly for her in him trying to finish the job, killing Jill, that he at first started. And Jill is now determined to not only have the local Portland police rescue Molly but catch her kidnapper before he does any more kidnapping and murdering young girls in the area.As you would expect no one believes Jill in that she's been diagnosed as being mentally unstable and suffering from hallucinations but that makes her even more determined to go on her own-Gun in hand- to find her sister before , like many of her kidnapper's victims, she ends up dead & buried. The rest of the movie has the slight and barley 100 pound Jill doing a both Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" and Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" bit taking on all commers, good & bad, in order to find and save her sister Molly. Whom the local police headed by Let. Ray "Boze" Bozeman, Michael Pare, feel that she just eloped with her boyfriend and that's all there is to it.***SPOILERS*** Unbelievable and off the wall final with the kidnapper Jim LaPointe known on the streets as "Digger Phelps", Socratis Otto, in an effort to trick Jill into getting trapped, in the ditch that he held her hostage two years ago, ending up falling and breaking his back where Jill, now in control of the situation, ending up doing the guy in by drenching him with a can of kerosene , that the jerk in fact provided for her, and setting him on fire! As for Molly she seemed to have been in no danger at all as she showed up unhurt moments before the movie ended! After what seemed like suffering from a slight case of amnesia and losing her way when going to take her collage exam.
It's like a young woman version of The Fugitive where the heroin must dig deep to find the courage and resourcefulness to face adversity and danger, save herself and solve a crime while running from the law.I found the acting a little blend but the actors easy on the eyes and certainly cared for the struggling heroin to succeed by the end. The pacing and tension seemed balanced to me with the action not overly violent or gratuitous.The picture was very clear; streamed online in high definition resolution. Overall, not great or inspiring but not a bad way to be entertained.
Gone (2012): Dir: Heitor Dhalia / Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley: Thriller with a title that references the missing sister as well as the heroine's emotional and mental state. Amanda Seyfried plays a kidnap survivor who arrives home from her night job as a waitress only to discover that her sister is missing. She goes to the police but they are unconvinced since she never got a look at her attacker from before. Since the police are useless she decides to search herself thus causing alarm for law enforcement who feel that she is losing her mind. Director Heitor Dhalia showcases ominous forestry particularly during the dark moonlight when Seyfried answers a phone call connection to her captor. The plot is familiar yet remains compelling through Seyfried's sense of violation and loss as she runs through several obstacles and plot turns that ultimately arrive to a rather pathetic conclusion that is all too convenient. It seems to ask viewers to excuse a particular action that comes off as a stupid plot convention as oppose to effective storytelling. Seyfried holds strong but supporting roles are weak. The law enforcement in particular seem under attacks perhaps from a failed justice system and our desire to deal out justice when the system fails. Then we have an array of potential sinister looking suspects that merely play off stereotypes. Rather than address the idea of missing persons, the conclusion proves that thriller conventions are the norm with a villain that is too obvious and hardly an advance on a screenplay that was already gone by this point. Score: 5 ½ / 10