GONE (2011)

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

In the Lifetime Original Movie GONE, Amy’s (Molly Parker, Deadwood) 9-year-old daughter Emily is kidnapped and she receives a chilling call instructing her to kill a recently admitted patient in her hospital if she ever wants to see her daughter again. Haunted by a past assault that has emotionally scarred her, broken up her marriage, and now threatens the custody and safety of her daughter, Amy decides to disregard the kidnappers demands and find Emily on her own. Fighting past her traumatic memories, she races to rescue her child, along the way uncovering a larger plot that involves top city officials and corrupt cops who will stop at nothing to see that she and her family are destroyed. Will Amy succeed in finding her daughter and bringing the kidnappers to justice, or will the events of her past prove too much to overcome?

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

In this made-for-TV drama, a distraught mom being extorted by kidnappers sets out to rescue her abducted daughter and soon becomes ensnared in a dangerous world of bogus pharmaceuticals, corrupt government officials and murder. Molly Parker plays a nurse whose daughter is kidnapped from school. Apparently she is the only student, because Parker is there twice and no other kids are ever seen (no other cars are ever parked in front of the entrance either). There is a patient under police guard at Parker’s hospital, and to get her daughter back–she is contracted to murder the man.

Learning that the fellow is an investigative reporter about to expose a huge medical conspiracy provides the bare bones for the largely unexplored plot. Violence erupts at the hospital, and soon Parker is on the lam as well as single handedly taking down a network of conspirators, assassins, and corrupt officials. She is not one to be trifled with, you see, because she experienced a traumatic attack in her past so now she can fight and shoot like a real power player. Super Mother to the rescue!

The DVD comes with no special features. But, you get adequate Dolby Surround audio and a flat transfer to compliment the film. If it was shown on Lifetime HD, I could only imagine the film looking better than this. But, you’ve got to realize that it was a TV-Movie shot on the cheap for Lifetime. One can only assume that it was a runaway production to Canada that usually gets churned out and dumped onto American television en masse. If you like that sort of thing, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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