Gone (2012 film)

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Gone

Theatrical release poster
Directed byHeitor Dhalia
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Dan Abrams
Chris Salvaterra
Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Written by Allison Burnett
StarringAmanda Seyfried
Daniel Sunjata
Jennifer Carpenter
Wes Bentley
Music byDavid Buckley
Cinematography Michael Grady[1]
Editing by John Axelrad
StudioLakeshore Entertainment
SKE Entertainment
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • February 24, 2012 (2012-02-24)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $16,294,160
 
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Gone

Theatrical release poster
Directed byHeitor Dhalia
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Dan Abrams
Chris Salvaterra
Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Written by Allison Burnett
StarringAmanda Seyfried
Daniel Sunjata
Jennifer Carpenter
Wes Bentley
Music byDavid Buckley
Cinematography Michael Grady[1]
Editing by John Axelrad
StudioLakeshore Entertainment
SKE Entertainment
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • February 24, 2012 (2012-02-24)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $16,294,160

Gone is a 2012 thriller film written by Allison Burnett, directed by Heitor Dhalia, and starring Amanda Seyfried.

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Plot

Jillian "Jill" Conway (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman who lives in Portland, Oregon with her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham), who is a recovering alcoholic. One year ago, Jill was kidnapped by a brutal serial killer who put her in a hole in Forest Park, which is a huge, 5,000 acre park, and she found human remains in the hole. When her abductor descended into the hole to kill her, Jill was able to stab him with a bone, climb his rope ladder, and return to civilization.

However, the Portland police didn't find the hole, and discovered that Jill had been committed to a psychiatric institution for several years after her parents' death, so the cops refused to believe Jill. Believing that the abduction only happened in Jill's head, they closed the case and had Jill committed to a psychiatric facility. It was Molly who got her out of the facility.

Now, Jill works as a waitress at a local diner called the Lucky Star, where she and her friend Sharon Ames (Jennifer Carpenter) are generously tipped by a regular customer who's about to move out of town. After returning home at about 6:30am from working the graveyard shift at the Lucky Star, Jill goes home, expecting to find Molly in bed, as Molly told Jill to wake her up when she got home, but Molly is not there. Jill, who's been remembering her ordeal from a year ago, becomes frantic.

Jill is unable to reach Molly's boyfriend, Billy (Sebastian Stan). Knowing that Molly wouldn't leave the house with Jill absent, and that Molly had an important exam that day, Jill becomes convinced that the serial killer who took her has now taken Molly.

Jill heads to the police station to ask for help, but Lt. Ray Bozeman (Michael Paré), Sergeant Powers (Daniel Sunjata), and Detective Erica Lonsdale (Katherine Moennig) dismiss her claims, trying to look for any other excuse for Molly to be missing, because Bozeman and his officers still believe that it's all in Jill's head, that the man who took her never existed.

They promise to look into the case after a few days, but Jill says that Molly will be dead by then. Before she leaves, the department's newest homicide detective, Peter Hood (Wes Bentley) checks Jill's file, pulls her aside, and tells her that he believes her, giving Jill his card in case she needs help. But Jill doesn't trust the Portland police to do anything to find Molly, so Jill decides to do it herself.

Billy calls Jill and tells her that he hasn't heard from Molly, and that she didn't show up for the exam. Jill interrogates her neighbors and learns that a van with a locksmith company's name on it parked in front of her house in the middle of the night, and honked several times.

Using the neighbors' description of the van, Jill finds the company it belongs to, and she heads to All Hours Locksmith, where she talks to owner Henry Massey (Ted Rooney), and questions the van's driver, Massey's son Nick (Joel David Moore), about Molly's whereabouts. Nick claims to not know anything about it, and Jill feigns leaving in order to break 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 then leaves.

Nick reports this to the police, and Bozeman orders Powers and Lonsdale to capture Jill, as she is a liability, and she doesn't have permission to carry a gun because she has been in a psychiatric facility before. Hood tries to convince Jill to meet with him so he can help her, but she believes it to be a set-up so Powers and Lonsdale can arrest her, so she refuses.

Jill goes to the hardware store, and learns from the owner that Digger's real name is Jim McCoy (Socratis Otto), and that he's staying at a rundown place called the Royal Hotel. After again escaping from the police by climbing out the hardware store's restroom window, Jill heads to the Royal Hotel, and breaks into McCoy's room, where she finds more duct tape, pet food, which she was given by her kidnapper, and matches from the diner where she works, the Lucky Star.

The Portland Police Department continues to try to pull all kinds of tricks, to try to fool Jill into turning herself in. Powers even gets Dr. Mira Anders (Susan Hess Logeias), Jill's psychiatrist, to try to convince Jill to come to her office, and that Molly has not been kidnapped. But Jill deduces that Powers and Lonsdale are at Anders's office, so she refuses.

Jill visits Sharon, and learns that McCoy is the generous tipper from the diner. Sharon gives Jill his phone number, and she leaves. On the way out, Jill is located by the police and chased to an alley, where she manages to escape and return to Sharon's house. After some begging from Jill, Sharon agrees to let Jill borrow her car.

Jill then calls McCoy, who denies any knowledge of the abductions, but subtly taunts her about her past. He offers to meet her, giving her directions to a location in Forest Park. McCoy tells her about a father and daughter who lived deep in the park for years, avoiding outside detection because of the park's vastness. No wonder the cops never found Jill’s abductor’s hole -- because of the park being so huge.

Jill ventures into the woods, ignoring the pleas of Powers and Lonsdale, who find her through Billy, and call her. Jill locates a small campsite and finds pictures of McCoy's victims, and at the same time, Molly breaks the duct tape off of her hands, and escapes...from under her and Jill's house. Powers and Lonsdale are shocked when they hear Molly's story. Now they're finally starting to believe that everything Jill said is true.

Jill finds the hole where McCoy held her captive. McCoy emerges from a small alcove he dug nearby, and throws Jill inside the hole, intending to kill Jill with a knife he carved out of the piece of bone that Jill used to escape, but she draws her gun and shoots him twice, seriously wounding him. Jill climbs up the rope ladder, and pulls the rope ladder out of the hole, trapping McCoy in the hole.

Jill shoots McCoy in the knee, and forces McCoy to admit that Molly has been bound and gagged under their house the whole time, and he only used Molly to lure Jill into a trap because he was angry that Jill escaped from him a year ago. McCoy wanted to finish what he started with Jill. Now, Jill pours a can of kerosene into the hole, throws the can itself into the hole, and she throws McCoy's lit-up lantern into the hole, burning McCoy to death.

When Jill arrives home, Molly rushes to embrace Jill. Molly is terrified that McCoy will return. Jill whispers something in Molly's ear, maybe telling her that McCoy is dead. When Powers, now knowing that Jill has been telling the truth all along, asks her about McCoy, she acts like she refuses to believe Powers that Molly was abducted, and she sarcastically tells him that everything was in her imagination. Maybe now Powers and Lonsdale know what it feels like to not be believed.

Some time later, Bozeman is in his office when he receives an anonymous package that he doesn't know is from Jill. Inside are pictures McCoy had taken of each of his victims, bound and gagged in the hole, including Jill herself, and there is also other stuff that Jill found at McCoy's campsite. A 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 reopen the case so they can investigate the hole and McCoy's campsite.

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Reception

Critical reception

The film was not screened for critics and was panned. Gone currently holds an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 47 reviews from critics; the consensus states "a slow, traditional thriller that is neutered by its script and its rating."[2] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, Gone has a 36/100 rating, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[3]

Box office

Gone was a failure at the box office grossing a domestic amount of $11,682,205 and $4,611,955 internationally for a worldwide total of $16,294,160.[4]

International release

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