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20 Apr 2012
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In the new suspense thriller GONE, Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from working the night shift to discover that her sister Molly has suddenly disappeared. Convinced that Molly has been abducted by the same serial killer from whom she escaped just a year before, and that by sundown Molly will be dead, Jill embarks on a break-neck ride to rescue her. Racing the sinking sun in a heart-pounding chase, Jill has only 12 hours to find the killer and save her sister.
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Directed by Heitor Dhalia. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan, Nick Searcy, Joel David Moore.
THE PLOT: It’s been a year since Jill (Seyfried) survived a kidnap ordeal, and now she’s determined to find the dungeon she was held in by searching the 5,000-acre Forest Park just outside her home city of Oregon. When she’s not attending her night class in self-defense, or working at the diner, that is. Returning home one night to find her sister Molly has gone, Jill is convinced it’s the same kidnapper. Only trouble is, no one else believes it…
THE VERDICT: There’s been little love from the critics, or at the US box-office, for this seemingly standard-issue thriller. Certainly, Seyfried is no stranger to slightly ambitious but ultimately generic fare, and Gone would seem to follow on in that tradition. But there’s something almost admirable about the fact that this abandoned little offering (Gone arriving in the US without any real advertising) is the simple fact that it actually has the cajones to play down its serial killer. The final act is a lesson in understatement, and even anti-climax, and is all the more admirable for it. Still not a great movie though. RATING: 2/5
Review by Paul Byrne
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