Saturday, June 30, 2012

Gone - DVD Review

Starring Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan, Nick Searcy, Emily Wickersham and Michael Pare.
Directed by Heitor Dhalia.


Amanda Seyfried (Red Riding Hood) plays Jill, a young woman who was kidnapped, raped and kept in a deep pit by a shadowy figure. The pit is in the middle of the woods near her town, and the pit also contained bones of previous victims. She escapes, but the police don't believe her. She's ruled mentally unstable. Apparently either no one searches the woods, or they're really bad at their job.

The movie begins a year after these events. Jill's become paranoid and withdrawn, and when her sister Molly disappears, Jill is sure the same man has come back and taken her. The police once again don't believe her, so Jill aims to find her on her own. Once Jill starts brandishing her gun to ask questions, Jill is a fugitive trying to find Molly, while the police are simply trying to bring Jill in.

The movie is paced as if it has thrills, but the coincidences and red herrings stack up in two piles for Jill to maneuver around, and I got to the point where I was ready to fast forward to the end just to see either who the killer was, or if Jill really is crazy and it was all in her head. It ultimately didn't matter.  The ending is as inconsequential as it is goofy.

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