Gone feels like your classic nineties or even eighties thriller featuring an authentic and very current story. There’s a lot of mystery and suspense as we try to piece together what the fuck is going on. All of this is amplified by Amanda Seyfried’s performance. I have to admit that she looks almost exactly like Dakota Fanning but that’s not the point here. The point is that we have one pretty solid psychological thriller worth checking out.
It’s not the best but it certainly deserves our attention. There are some issues with supporting characters and twists could have been better if we’re going, to be honest. However, everything else is engaging and even thought-provoking. Still, for a movie about a serial killer, torturer, and generally unpleasant person there isn’t much R-Rated stuff, but still, this mild approach has its benefits. If you follow Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, or a similar show you will be right at home with the plot and the characters.
It has been more than a year since Jill Conway barely escaped from the hands of a vicious serial killer. This attack left her traumatized but what followed was even worse. The local law enforcement didn’t believe any of this actually happened. Mostly because of her past but that’s a whole other issue. Alone and not afraid, Jill decides to start taking self-defense classes, determined to get to the bottom of this. What will happen next will throw her right into the fight again.
As you can notice, one of the more interesting aspects of Gone is the whole psychological aspect of such a heinous attack and its consequences. Especially when you add law enforcement to the story. This is also sadly a common theme in real life where women report attacks or threats and police simply disregard them. We are making some progress in this area but I think this is one of those no-brainer issues.
With a runtime of just ninety minutes and excellent pacing Gone will be gone pretty quickly. The story is ripe for commentary as you keep thinking about whether any of this is real. Director Heitor Dhalia claims that the studios were quite handsy during production. And I’m certain they were as this is their MO. I really hate things like this. Just leave the guy to do his thing and that’s it. And finally, if you’re looking for similar movies do check out our Rabbit Reviews selection of Serial Killer Movies.
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Writer: Allison Burnett
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Wes Bentley,Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Paré
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