- Director: Heitor Dhalia
- Genre: Adventure, Thriller
- Details: US/94mins 15A
God bless Amanda Seyfried; an actress with an amiable enough screen presence, she's struggled with her films of late. This is something ostensibly different for the actress and in fairness she's hardly the worst thing about it. Gone is farfetched, silly and ultimately trite stuff.
Seyfried is former kidnapping victim Jill. Returning home one night to find her sister has pulled a Houdini, she becomes convinced that the same wrong sort who abducted her, has now made the whole thing somewhat of an annual family event and snatched her sibling. Going a bit loco, she becomes obsessed with tracking down her sister; but not everyone is convinced that she's right. She may in fact be a couple of bars of chocolate short of a selection box.
You have to feel bad for actors when they're in films this inept. Sure, the script is muck from the outset, but they must hold out some hope that it will come together in post production. But the director here, Heitor Dhalia, merely lays down the aesthetics and hopes tension will build purely by giving the actors lines, and switching on the camera. Seyfried is not a bad actress at all, but she can't make this character work, and at points is visibly struggling to.
It's not worth a cinematic release, and even if you stumbled across it bored on television one evening it isn't worth your time. Film critics such as myself are not exactly lauded for our heroic deeds, but many of us have jumped on this cinematic grenade.
Review by Mike Sheridan | 16:53 | Friday 20th April 2012 | Movie Review
Gone is an apt title for this film, as that's more likely where the audience will be before the end. A very muddled and convoluted film from start to finish, it features Amanda Seyfried as a mentally-ill woman called Jill. She's trying to track down her missing sister, who has been absent for a few hours (yes, a few hours). Having escaped an abduction herself, Jill fears that her original abductor is back to finish the job. The police won't believe her, so she goes to whatever lengths necessary to prove her story. Is she just a fruitcake? Will the police find out what's really going on? Who cares? The film ties itself up in so many knots that it keeps tripping itself up. Seyfried is a talented actress, but she's wasted here in a nothing part. Gone is one of those barely-watchable films that can safely be filed under "shouldn't have been made in the first place".Posted 17:19 | Sat 21st Apr 2012
Wait on dvd!!Posted 22:26 | Thu 7th Jun 2012
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