Summit Entertainment perplexes me. I do not understand them as a production studio. They are all over the board. On one hand, they made The Hurt Locker. On the other hand, they are behind the Twilight Saga. Somewhere in between, they have Man on a Ledge and Gone. I don’t get it. I spent some time with the Redbox over Turkey Day weekend, and because Amanda Seyfried is gorgeous (I think it is her eyes), and the wife wanted to see it, we rented Gone.
Gone opens with Jill (Seyfried) walking through a park searching for something, but not finding it. She then goes home, to where her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) is studying for some important exam. Jill then heads to work where she is a third shift waitress at a diner. When she gets home from work, Molly is gone. Jill immediately freaks out, runs around the house frantically, and then calls the police.
Officer Powers (Daniel Sunjata) and his partner, who looks like she doesn’t own a comb, brush or mirror, Lonsdale (Katherine Moening) talk with Jill. This is where we get the beef of the backstory. Jill was abducted and escaped. No one believed that she was taken because they could not find the hole in the ground that she claimed to be thrown into. So, she was committed to a psych ward. Jill believes that the same guy has returned to get her, the one that got away. Of course, no one believes her, except maybe creepy new Officer Hood (Wes Bentley).
So, without the help of the police, Jill sets out to find her sister and the guy that took her, and her. This is where the movie starts to lose me. Nothing goes wrong in her investigation. Every lead she tracks down leads to the next clue. No red herrings. No dead ends. Just clue after clue. Not even Liam Neeson was that good in Taken. The story was all too neat and tidy. There were parts where it seemed that something had been deleted, especially the Hood character.
Gone features enough cameos to choke a donkey. Most of the actors are from television shows: Jennifer Carpenter – Dexter, Joel David Moore – Bones, Daniel Sunjata – Rescue Me, Hunter Parrish – Weeds, Nick Searcy – Justified. I would have assumed that it was meant for a direct-to-video release, but it got a theatrical release back in February where it bombed and ended with a gross just north of $11 million. So, is Gone worth your 85 minutes and $1.30 (gotta hate inflation)? I would go with “No,” but The Wife would argue me on that.