Excerpt: Privacy laws are a touchy issue in America, just not in Portland, Oregon. Amanda Seyfried’s slightly off-base Jill investigates a homegrown hardware store in the search for her missing sister. That’s where Gone has led audiences, and finally, after endless creepy run-ins, she’s found someone nice. So nice in fact, the gentlemanly owner divulges names and addresses, all because Jill has a receipt.
Conclusion: Summit Entertainment's movies can be hit or miss – and 'Gone' is definitely a miss. It lacks focus and tone, spending more time showing our central character fleeing from a manhunt than solving her sister's disappearance. It tries playfully toying with one possibility that is so obvious that you know they're not going to throw that twist at you in the end.
Excerpt: Oh, if only we could go back to the days when it looked like Mamma Mia! would be the worst movie Amanda Seyfried ever made. The actress who showed so much promise back as early as Mean Girls has been in a serious career skid for the last few years, and we can at least hope that Gone marks the nadir.
Excerpt: Cinema has a long tradition of “Who’s the crazy person here?” films: The Lady Vanishes , Mirage, Bunny Lake Is Missing , and more recently, Flightplan and Unknown . In all these films, a frustrated protagonist carrying around a subjective truth tries to convince friends, family members, and dubious authorities of that truth, in spite of extensive contradictory witnesses and evidence.
Excerpt: Lifetime movies are like rollercoasters for weak-stomached scare addicts. You know what you’re in for, but you do it anyway. Not every time, but admit it: you’ll put your butt in the seat if your friends are already strapped in. Halfway through you wanna throw yourself from the moving car, but you’re going too frickin’ fast and they beg you to stay, so you do.
Excerpt: The facts are these: Aeryn Gillern flew back to Cortland, New York for ten days in September 2007. He then flew to Vienna, which he'd made his new home; his mother, Kathy, planned to follow shortly thereafter for an extended visit. They spoke on the phone for the last time on October 27. Four days later, his employers called Kathy to tell her that Aeryn hadn't shown up for work for the last two days. No one ever saw him again.