Jill Conway (Amanda Seyfried) is a little nuts. But she has good reason. She was abducted by a serial killer and no one believed her. To top it off, both of her parents die and pushes her over the edge to the point she was committed. A year later, she moves in with her sister, still struggling to cope and wound way tight, she's not remotely interested in letting go of the past. Paranoid, overzealous, and a little cuckoo, Jill has been documenting missing girls in her area and trying to get the police to listen other but to no avail. In her heart, she knows the killer is still out there and killing other girls. It's why she's made sure to learn to protect herself and is hyper vigilant.
So when her sister, Molly, goes missing and Jill believes it's the same serial killer that took her and mistakenly took Molly when he meant to finish the job with Jill--no one listens to her. So she decides to take matters into her own hands, no matter what.
This movie had an interesting premise. And that's it. The execution of that idea was awful. The acting wasn't bad, per se, and for the most part, Seyfried did a decent job and held her own but she's a rather one-note and didn't give any dimension or depth to her character (though that could have been the poor writing and script...or directing, and...you get the idea). Other than Jennifer Carpenter, the supporting cast was mediocre and underutilized and the general directing/editing/production was way low-budget, B-movie style. How this got to be in theaters is shocking.
The most disappointing thing about this movie is a lack of suspense and tension. It had potential for it, for sure, and promised you it had lots of it, but the execution, again, was woefully lacking. It's supposed to be a mystery thriller kind of movie but it's sort of not anything at all. Amanda Seyfried portrays her character like an unbalanced, paranoid lunatic going around and acting like a lunatic and all over the place. Which is the point, I think, which is unfortunate. I suppose it's supposed to make you wonder if she's actually crazy and if her abduction was actually real since the police found no evidence or even the location of where she was kept. It's all little hazy.
To counter Seyfried's character, we have the police procedural element, which was really not there. Not necessarily done poorly but since the writers/producers/director incorporate it into the plot as main plot element, they should have made more of an effort to make it exciting and not so cliched. Well, they tried to with the new, cute cop to the squad wanting to help Jill but then that thread just disappears completely. Ultimately, the police route was embarrassingly rendered.
The serial killer angle--that was also done sort of peripherally and without much focus, intent/purpose, direction or integration into the story. It was just sort of...blah. Unexciting and unimaginative and incomplete development that felt random and confusing.
The ending is the worst. It's like everyone involved in the movie got bored, lazy, or didn't care/lost interest, and it ended with no finesse or big moment. It just fell completely flat. You're just like, "WTF? That's it?" And you realize you wasted over an hour of your life to a movie that wasn't worth watching for 1 minute.