I have only ever seen Amanda Seyfried play stereotyped blonde role of either the bitchy or the damsel-in-distress types. So it was refreshing to see her play a strong female lead in a movie, which frankly, rests entirely on her acting prowess.
“Gone” is a psychological thriller with never a dull moment. Jill ( Seyfried) has suffered mental trauma because of her parents’ death and her kidnapping and has been institutionalized in the past. One day when her sister disappears she believes that the man who had kidnapped her now has her sister. The problem is no one else believes her. The police believe that never was such a man and that it’s all in her head. Are they right? Is Jill’s sister really missing? Is Jill crazy?
The story moves fast as we follow Jill around Portland, Oregon, on a sleuthing mission as she tries to locate the man who might have taken the sister . The tone of the frame is always sombre , forever blue or gray, sign of impending doom. But why Portland, Oregon – I often wonder how do story writers decide to base a story in a particular city.
Seyfried delivers a convincing performance and it’s really her acting that carries the movie through as there’s literally no other character that has more than 5 minutes of screen time. No other performer has a role of any consequence.
This being a thriller was low on depth and character development but was high in intrigue, suspense and entertainment. I enjoyed it.