johnlink ranks GONE (2012)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for thrillers. Promise me some suspense and some intrigue and I am in, even if I’m pretty sure those promises are empty. I watched GONE even though I heard it was not very good.

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I watched GONE (2012) on 4.19.14. It was my first viewing of the film.

What happens if a suspense movie doesn’t bother to try and surprise you? What happens when twists are teased and never delivered? What happens when you put a character in a seemingly tough position and then always give them the easiest and most obvious out?

You get GONE.

Amanda Seyfried does try in the role of Jill. She was abducted a year earlier, only noone ever believed her. Jill’s sister asks her not to take long walks in the woods alone, the police roll their eyes at her, the psychiatrist lies about believing her. When Jill’s sister disappears, of course, nobody but Jill will do anything about it.

She proceeds to go through a step-by-step process to find out what happened to her previously and what is happening to her sister now. She talks to someone who gives her a name. That name provides a clue. That clue provides a location. That location gives an address. It all falls down like the mostly simply laid out game of dominoes. Every so often they throw some police in the way in a haphazard way which never leads us to believe that Jill’s progress will be stopped.

The opening image of Oregon is beautiful. The premise of a girl dealing with the aftermath of being abducted as she tries to rebuild her life is promising. This movie had a nice location and a nice opening five minutes. Only, it seems the first brainstorm thoughts you might associate with this were exactly how the film plays out.

There just is not much to say about GONE. Wes Bentley shows up as a detective who may or may not be suspicious. Sebastian Stan putters around unused. Jennifer Carpenter is brought back for more scenes that necessary because, seemingly, fans of this genre might recognize her from Dexter. This movie never decides to do anything with anyone, so it’s hard to really give it much thought. In fact, I think I’ll get off the train now.

SCORES

FILM: 4; MOVIE: 6; ACTING: 5; WRITING: 2

4+6+5+2+0=17

FINAL SCORE: 4.25 out of 10

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~ by johnlink00 on April 19, 2014.

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