GONE (2012) Quite The Emotional Roller Coaster

Amanda Seyfried stars as Jill, a girl who was abducted a year ago, and when her sister goes missing, she's pretty sure her kidnapper is back. Unfortunately, when Jill was abducted, because she had very few details about her kidnapper, her location, or what not, everyone believed that it was all in her head. So now, when her sister disappears, no one, including the police, believe her.

The film, GONE, has quite the cast, which includes Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Socratis Otto, Emily Wickersham, Joel David Moore, Katherine Moennig & Michael Paré, just to name a few.

Gone was directed by Heitor Dhalia (Bald Mountain, Nina, Adrift) and the screenplay was written by Allison Burnett (Ask Me Anything, Feast of Love, Underworld Awakening).


The film is done quite well because when Jill goes straight to the cops, and they seem to be pretty nonchalant about her concerns, it's in a later conversation between the cops that we learn they said that her prior kidnapping was all in her head and she even served time in a crazy farm for her imagination.

And as she pursues clues that lead her upon the trail of her sister, her own behavior has you pretty much sitting in the same boat with the cops, thinking she's not quite right in the head.

One mistake after another leads her to clash with the cops, so she's now pursuing her sister while dodging the cops, her family and her shrink.

But as the story spins out into the third act, you're not sure what or who to believe until the feces starts to hit the fan... 

I don't agree with the IMDb score of 5.9/10. I think the film is much better than that, as it has you pondering one way or the other if she's right in the head or not. Seyfried delivers one hell of a complicated character, demonstrating some form of imbalance or...  something.

Act 3 pretty much starts to dictate which direction the story is going, but it keeps you on edge just long enough until it's too late.

I think it's totally worth the time to watch this fun thriller if you come across it somewhere on your TV or streaming service.

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