Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gone (PG-13)

This movie is definitely a rental if you even watch it at all. It’s not that it was bad, it just wasn’t good. Gone is about a woman, Jill, who was kidnapped 2 years ago but escaped. No one really believes it happened since neither the kidnapper nor where Jill was held has ever been found. Her sister disappears one day but since the police think Jill is crazy, they think she’s making more of the situation than she should. So! Jill is left to find her sister on her own while highly irritating the police along the way.

Sounds like a pretty good story, right? I thought so too but it never really seemed to pick up at any point. It got a little intense when Jill finally gets close to finding the kidnapper but the climactic scene was short and less than thrilling. Granted, if I were in this situation for real I wouldn’t be feeling so “meh” about it. And it doesn’t help that they went out of their way to make you think a couple of guys did it when they really didn’t. Had to take soup to his sick mom? Really?

Amanda Seyfried played the part of Jill. I am more than happy that she’s trying to not be type-cast as one particular character but I just really didn’t believe her as the protagonist. I liked her in Mamma Mia! in which everyone seemed to be over-acting a bit but it didn’t really work for me here. And, I love my sister but I’m sorry Armat, if you were the missing sister in this movie I would have found someone to help me. I may be crazy (read “stupid”) enough to walk around the outside of my house to discover the source of a strange noise but I will NOT drive in to the middle of the woods by myself to hunt down a psycho for you. At least I don’t think I would. Let’s not find out, okay?

The rest of the cast was so incidental as to not need comments. The police were frustrating. The co-workers were annoying. And the people who did help her out along the way were idiots. Really? You’re going to trust that she’ll bring your truck back? Really?

This film was rated PG-13 mainly for the “intense” situations and language. There’s really not much else to it. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone really. I like Amanda but even I seem to have type-cast her in my mind as the cutesy romantic lead. I can’t help it. I don’t seem to be the only one who felt this way about Gone. It only lasted a couple weeks at the theater close to my house so if you want to see it you’re gonna have to either rent it or find one of the theaters still showing it.

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