A long time Gone . . .

Humdrum: even the talent of Amanda Seyfried can't save this film.
Humdrum: even the talent of Amanda Seyfried can't save this film.

Gone (15)

Director: Heitor Dhalia.

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Sunjata, Sebastian Stan and Wes Bentley.

Running time: 1hr 34mins.

I HAVE to hold my hands up and say I’m not aware of Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia’s slim body of work.

I also must confess that if Gone is atypical of his output, I won’t be in the future.

I’ve frankly seen more creativity and originality in a primary school nativity than anything this cast and crew could muster.

And much of the blame for this must fall at the feet of writer Allison Burnett.

Perhaps she had an off day for Ms Burnett was one of the team of writers that created the much more entertaining Untraceable.

This offering, however, is just so much painting by numbers.

It’s not as if the makers have a weak cast: the film stars one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets, Amanda Seyfried, who impressed in Chloe, and Jennifer Carpenter likewise turned in a good performance in The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

But Gone is just so humdrum.

Seyfried plays Jill, a young woman who is the bane of the local constabulary.

She claims that two years ago she was kidnapped by a serial killer who dumped her in a hole out in the forrest.

Jill also claims she found the remains of previous victims in her makeshift tomb and that she was lucky to escape.

Problem is she has no proof that it ever happened: no hole was ever found and there were no missing persons to give a hint that she may be telling the truth.

As a result, Jill spends some time in an institution and is dismissed as a troubled young woman.

So, when Jill reports that her young sister — who is staying with her — has gone AWOL, the coppers are less inclined to give her the time of day and assume she is ranting for the sake of attention.

Determined to save her sister, Jill sets out on her own to catch the killer.

If this seems like a path you’ve travelled down before, you have.

The idea of a crime happening but no one else being aware of it probably goes back even further than the original Hallowe’en in the 70s.

And the search for a woman being held captive by a crazed psychopath was done so much better in Kiss The Girls.

Perhaps Tinsel Town is running out of foreign films to reshoot.

Rating: 2/5