Film Review: Gone

| 23 February , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Socratis Otto
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3/5

In the wake of the success of supernatural teen thrillers such as I am number four and Chronicle; Heitor Dhalia\’s Gone is a refreshing change of pace back to the good old days of horror-in-your-own backyard action crime thrillers.

Jill (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from her night shift to find her super responsible sister (Emily Wickersham) missing from her bed. Jill, having been abducted in her sleep and held hostage in the woods only a year beforehand, knows that the same man has come back for her sister.

But when Jill goes to the police, they don\’t believe her. In fact they still don\’t even believe that Jill was actually kidnapped in the first place; labelling her a psyche case and telling her to wait forty-eight hours before she can file a missing person\’s report. But Jill knows that her sister will be dead by nightfall, and vows to find her on her own, no matter what.

Sliding alliances and rising suspicions keep audiences in a constant state of tension. Shot in the dense forests and rundown underbellies of Portland, Gone feels gruesome without really having to show much violence.

What lets this film down is a bit too much formula, and a bit too little plausibility. But still, this teen adventure thriller kicks the butt of its 2011 male counterpart, the slightly silly Abduction. Thankfully, Gone is also free of any distracting romance, and just gets down to the business of freaking you out.

If you like: a vigilante crime thriller, filled with action and driven by a multifaceted female character.

Gone is in cinemas now.


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