A contrived and bland suspense thriller that merely showcases how a mentally unstable and determined individual can outrun slow dim witted cops.

In the new suspense thriller Gone, Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back for her sister. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister. — (C) Summit

Amanda Seyfried does a good job as the wide eyed, paranoid and possibly crazy Jill. The plot is very familiar but she’s appealing enough to follow in the movie. However, when she sets out to start her own investigation, the plot development fails to deliver anything even remotely engaging.

The trail of clues lead her to predictable setups that fail to elicit any suspense – creepy places with equally creepy dudes that are set up to be possible suspects. A newbie detective is thrown in at the beginning as another creepy dude and therefore possible suspect, but is later on ditched and forgotten. She picks up clues and derives conclusion from duct tapes which actually manages to convince you that she’s crazy, but makes the whole detective mode silly. There aren’t any thrills in this movie either as Jill gets away from conveniently slow cops and useless detectives.

When Jill finally finds what she’s searching for and the movie comes to an end, all you get is an uninspired and lame pay off.

Gone never attempts at something more intricate or complex, and squanders off the talents of Amanda Seyfried. It’s a suspense thriller that’s stays too much on the safe side and as a result, aside from a decent performance by Seyfried, fails at all levels. It’s neither intense, thrilling, or suspenseful.

My Rating: 3/10

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