ⓘ Gone (2012 film)

                                     

ⓘ Gone (2012 film)

Gone is a 2012 American mystery thriller film written by Allison Burnett, directed by Heitor Dhalia, and starring Amanda Seyfried. This is the last film theatrically released by Summit Entertainment before Lionsgate took over distribution. The film earned negative reviews from critics and was a box office disappointment.

                                     

1. Plot

Jillian "Jill" Conway Amanda Seyfried lives in Portland, Oregon with her sister Molly Emily Wickersham. Much earlier, Jill was kidnapped by a brutal serial killer who put her in a deep vertical hole somewhere in Portlands 5.100-acre Forest Park. Jill found human remains, used one of the bones to stab her abductor, and escaped from the hole using his rope ladder. When the Portland police are unable to find the hole, and discover that Jill had been committed to a psychiatric institution after her parents death, they believe the abduction only happened in Jills head and sent Jill back to a psychiatric facility.

A year later, Jill now works as a waitress in a local diner on the graveyard shift. She and her friend Sharon Ames Jennifer Carpenter are generously tipped by a regular customer. Returning home from her shift, Jill discovers Molly is missing. Mollys boyfriend, Billy Sebastian Stan, tells her that he hasnt heard from Molly. Jill is then convinced the serial killer who took her has now taken Molly.

Police Lt. Ray Bozeman Michael Pare, Sergeant Powers Daniel Sunjata, and Detective Erica Lonsdale Katherine Moennig dismiss her claims, believing that its all in Jills head. Homicide detective Peter Hood Wes Bentley tells her that he believes her, giving Jill his card in case she needs any help about the case.

Jill interrogates her neighbors and learns that a van with a locksmith companys name on it parked in front of her house in the middle of the night. Jill finds the company it belongs to and talks to owner, Henry Massey Ted Rooney, and his son Nick Joel David Moore. When Nick denies any knowledge, Jill breaks into the van, where she finds a receipt from a hardware store for things that the killer would use. Jill holds Nick at gunpoint and forces him to reveal that he allowed a stranger named "Digger" to rent the van during the night.

Jill goes to the hardware store and learns Diggers real name Jim LaPointe Socratis Otto, and address. Jill breaks into LaPointes room where she finds duct tape, pet food like that which she was given by her kidnapper, and matches from the diner where she works.

Jill visits Sharon and learns that LaPointe is the generous tipper from the diner. Sharon gives her LaPointes phone number. Jill leaves and calls LaPointe, who gives her directions to a location in Forest Park. Jill locates a small campsite and finds pictures of LaPointes prior victims. At the same time, Molly breaks the duct tape off of her hands and escapes, only to discover she has been concealed under her house all along. Powers and Lonsdale are shocked when they hear Mollys story, finally believing Jill. They also learn Jill is to meet the kidnapper, but they dont know where that is to happen.

Jill finds the hole where LaPointe held her captive. LaPointe emerges from an alcove from within the hole and grabs Jill, pulling her into the hole. He intends to kill her with the same piece of bone that Jill stabbed him with in her initial escape. Jill grabs her revolver and shoots him. She starts climbing up the rope ladder to get away, but LaPointe grabs her foot and attempts to pull her back down. Desperate, Jill kicks LaPointe to break his hold and shoots him again. She then manages to climb out and extract the rope ladder, trapping LaPointe in the hole. After shooting LaPointe a third time in the leg so that he cannot stand, Jill demands he tell her where Molly is, on a promise of not shooting him again. LaPointe admits that Molly has been bound and gagged under their house the whole time, and he only used Molly to lure Jill into the trap. Jill pours a can of kerosene into the hole. As LaPointe begs for his life, saying "You said you wouldnt kill me," she says "I lied," and drops in a lantern, burning LaPointe to death.

Jill disposes of the revolver and returns home, finding Molly with Powers, Lonsdale, and Hood. Molly is terrified from the ordeal. Jill whispers to her that LaPointe is dead. When Powers asks about the man she was to meet, Jill tells the police, "It was all in my head."

Some time later, Bozeman receives an anonymous package. Inside are the pictures LaPointe had taken of each of his victims, bound and gagged, including Jill herself. An included map indicates the spot in Forest Park where the police can find the hole. Realizing how wrong he was about Jill, Bozeman calls Powers into his office to investigate the new leads.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Emily Wickersham as Molly Conway
  • Jordan Fry as Jock
  • Susan Hess as Dr. Mira Anders
  • Ted Rooney as Henry Massey
  • Nick Searcy as M. Miller
  • Jennifer Carpenter as Sharon Ames
  • Hunter Parrish as Trey
  • Joel David Moore as Nick Massey
  • Socratis Otto as Jim LaPointe Digger
  • Daniel Sunjata as Sgt. Powers
  • Sebastian Stan as Billy
  • Jeanine Jackson as Mrs. Cermak
  • Michael Pare as Lt. Ray Bozeman
  • Amanda Seyfried as Jill Conway
  • Amy Lawhorn as Tanya Muslin
  • Katherine Moennig as Det. Erica Lonsdale
  • Wes Bentley as Det. Peter Hood
                                     

3. Reception

Critical reception

The rated PG-13 film was not screened for critics and was panned. Gone currently holds an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews from critics; the consensus states "a slow, traditional thriller that is neutered by its script and its rating." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics reviews, Gone has a 36/100 rating, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.

Box office

Gone grossed a domestic amount of $11.682.205 and $6.417.984 internationally for a worldwide total of $18.100.189.