Gone

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5.91 h 34 min2012X-RayPG-13
The police don't believe her, so a woman (Amanda Seyfried) sets out alone to track the serial killer she escaped from in the past and who she now believes has abducted her sister.
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Heitor Dhalia
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Amanda SeyfriedJennifer CarpenterWes Bentley
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Suspense
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Daniel Sunjata
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Dan AbramsSidney KimmelGary LucchesiTom RosenbergChris Salvaterra
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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SupercalifragilisticexpialidociousReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A nowhere plot with a bad ending equals a boring, predicable movie.
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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.
23 people found this helpful
Alan ThomasReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast action thriller.
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Gone is a delicious dose of Amanda Seyfried in an engaging and fast-paced action movie and psychological thriller. This is one of my favorite Seyfried movies w/ excellent character development, constant suspense, nonstop action, car chases, emergencies, quick turns, and always spurred on by the unstoppable commitment of our discredited but driven heroine Amanda Seyfried seeking to free her abducted sister from the same psychotic murderer that she herself escaped from previously.
34 people found this helpful
BusyBookMommaReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really enjoyable movie.
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Jill is a woman who was kidnapped and held hostage. She told the police that a man took her, put her in a hole in the ground, in the middle of the forest and held her there. She was certain she was going to die. Then she managed to escape. The police and everyone else believe she made the story up. No one believes her. She now lives with her sister and, when her sister goes missing, again the police don't believe her. She must work on her own to find her sister, save her and stop the kidnapper once and for all.
Amanda Seyfried does a really great job in this one. I enjoyed it and I'm sure I'll watch it again.
17 people found this helpful
I. M.Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprising!
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Like any movie, some people will love it, & some hate it. I don't generally write reviews, but felt compelled after watching it. I have to admit, I liked this movie. Now we all know Amanda can act, so no surprises there. This was a surprisingly realistic thriller, compared with your typical Hollywood fare. The takeway for me was how badly our heroine was treated by the police, & how she was thus victimized by all the "good guys" after her escape, including the medical community. The law was more concerned that she had a gun, than for her safety. That is very realistic. In the twisted reality of today, society places great energy on creating victims, as though that was our highest aspiration. Pretty twisted how the world has become. But our character, rather than finding closure via her psychiatrist & multiple prescriptions, she found closure by becoming the law herself! Bravo!
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
So-so
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As for the family friendly nature of “Gone”, I watched it over the course of five or six days and honestly don’t remember if there were any curse words. I don’t remember any, but…
“Gone” is another kickass female story. I enjoy the type, when it’s done well. This one, mmm, not so much. Jill claimed to have been kidnapped and kept in a deep pit somewhere in a large forest preserve. She escaped, but no one believed her, and she spent time in the psyche ward.
Spoilers ahead. The director put so much energy into directing the viewer’s attention to one of the policemen that you know it cannot be him. Jill takes it upon herself to find the culprit, and when he abducts her sister, Molly, she goes into high gear. In the process she does such outlandishly stupid things that it robs the story of all credibility. I know you have to suspend belief but who is going to follow a voice on the phone into the depths of a giant forest preserve, alone, on a dark, rainy night, knowing that the voice on the other end of the line is that of the man who abducted you and nearly killed you? Utterly foolhardy. I had to go do something more interesting like wash dishes. I had issues with other aspects of the story. Kidnapped Molly rips apart the duct tape around her wrists. No, you can’t do that just by the strength of your arms. Try it sometime. And in the search for Molly, no one thought to look under the house? The long-awaited meeting between Jill and the bad guy was anticlimactic, and she took care of him with ease even though she had just fallen fifteen feet or so onto her back. At the least that should have knocked the wind out of her. And her shooting was simply impossible in the dark – three shots, three hits. Dang. And in burning the bad guy, she also burned his last victim. Was she dead? How could Jill be sure in the combined pitch black of the night and the pit? What about her parents; don’t they deserve to know about their child? Too many plot issues to give this a very high score. I think three stars is generous.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Jim is tying up some lose ends....."
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Jill supposedly was kidnaped but the police never believed her. She lives with her sister Molly, who suddenly disappears under very strange circumstances. Jill goes to the police, but they tell her it is all in her head.. Jill is obsessed with finding out what happened to Molly. She is hyper alert, practices martial arts, and is furious that the police don’t believe that something could have happened to her sister. So she starts a hunt to find Molly, breaking many laws, so the police are on a hunt to find her. The story is also told in flashbacks of what happened to Jill, but were they real, or just in her mind? I enjoyed the cat and mouse game of Jill versus the police. I felt it is a nicely crafted film showing Jill with a lot of determination and smarts in trying to find Molly, when it seemed everyone else didn’t believe her. She had been committed to a mental institution after her incident, so her having a gun for protection was illegal, making her a target for the police to apprehend. The movie ratchets up the tension slowly, making it enjoyable to watch. Sorry, no spoilers. A solid rating of four stars.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tense thriller that’s well worth watching again and again
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I saw this movies years ago on lifetime I believe. When it would come around again I would just have to watch it again. I finally bought it through Amazon video. Just finished watching it for the 3rd or 4th time. It gets better each time I watch it. It’s a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. Even though I’ve seen it before I still jump and am eager to figure things out. The underlying question is is it all in Jill’s mind? It has you second guessing yourself. A. Definite must watch if you like strong female leads that had been broken before along with a suspense mystery thriller.
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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Fantastic Film You Must See To Believe!
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Not since I saw the Halle Berry movie The Call have I been so shocked by a movie's ending! Pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless! This is a movie about a woman who endured a horrible kidnapping and was able to dupe the kidnapper and barely escape with her life. Years later after her parents were killed in an accident Jill has a nervous breakdown and was committed to a psychiatric ward.

SPOILER ALERT!! SPOILER ALERT!!

After she was released from the psychiatric ward, Jill goes to live with her kid sister, Molly. But upon returning home from work after the graveyard shifts he notices Molly gone. Her clothes and books are untouched and Jill realizes that her sister has been taken. Going to the police is no help as they do not believe her story. Left to her own devices, she tracks down leads and gets her clues through fast talk, deception, brute force and using her feminine wiles on many an unsuspecting male. She's intelligent, too. When attempting to procure information she's able to change her stories to match whichever individual she is conversing with (Her Bike Was Stolen, Someone Clipped Her Car, Her Grandfather Has Dementia And is Missing) and this allows her pleas to be believed and people willingly assist her. The scene with the fellow who lends her his truck is hilarious! Yet it's believable because as males we are all susceptible to a beautiful woman's feminine wiles--and cash! I liked the comic relief: "What does it mean if you don't return it?" he asks. "It means I'm dead," she says, driving away.

Jill eventually has to ditch the truck but goes to her girlfriend for assistance in borrowing her car. She also gets the telephone number of the killer. She calls him and he lures her to his bolt hole deep in the Oregon Forest. There she finds a campsite with evidence of the man's dastardly doings. Seeing a lantern burning up ahead, Jill is lured to the edge of a pit and then thrown down. The killer climbs down to skewer Jill with the leg bone she once used to stab him but is outwitted by Jill as she shoots him twice and then climbs out of the pit, this time pulling up the rope ladder. Demanding to know what happened to her sister, Jill shoots him again, this time through the leg and threatens to shoot him a fourth time. The man relents and tells Jill what she wants to know. Begging for his life, Jill returns to the lip of the pit and pours kerosene down upon the helpless man, still pleading for his life. "You said you'd let me live!" he weeps. "I lied!" Jill says with unequivocal triumph. Wow!

I was so shocked when I saw what she did! Burning the poor guy alive was so cruel! Granted, if anyone deserved this fate it would be him. Yet to see a man begging for his life that had been shot thrice with a .38 special it makes me shudder to think of his agony as he died in flames.

The cover of the DVD says: "Nothing can stop her." They are right. Jill is tenacious, clever, agile, conniving and adaptable to her situation(s). This was necessary for her to get to the bottom of what happened to her sister. Yet, ironically she was only playing into the psychopath's hands as he sought only to recapture Jill.

The mistakes the man made. First of all, after duping and dumping her into the pit, he should have assumed she would have had some sort of weapon with her--either a knife or a gun. This leads me to the second mistake the fellow made. He should never have gone back down into the pit--at least not immediately. The darkness made it all but impossible to tell if she was armed and by the time he reached to bottom of the pit it was he who was trapped and at Jill's mercy! Having that gun is what saved Jill's life. Every woman in America should carry a .38 for protection. It would all but guarantee their safety from being abducted by strangers or even raped. I loved this movie and I'm proud to be the 118th person to give this a Five Star review and the 315th person overall to review this film. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

One last thing. I didn't even recognize one of my favorite actors from back in the day. Michael Pare, who played Lieutenant Bozeman! He's come a long way from Houston Knights. But I enjoyed his supporting role and loved all of the characters in the film.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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