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Conspiracy, Murder, Kidnapping, Assassins--It's Hard To Be A Single Mom These Days,
This review is from: Gone (Lifetime Movie) [DVD] (DVD)
A Lifetime original thriller, "Gone" comes from the delightfully demented woman-in-peril genre that populates the cable television landscape. I suppose some might consider it the equivalent of a summer beach read. Heavy on action (mild TV style thrills), and short on sense--it is a logic challenged story that can be fairly entertaining but whose plot can't withstand much scrutiny. On the plus side, the enigmatic and interesting Molly Parker plays the lead character. On the negative side, the screenplay falls into the deadliest of narrative traps. We've all seen this in movies before--right? Someone does something bad (insert lunatic conspiracy theory here), and they want to cover it up so as not to be caught. Of course, this cover-up results in violence and mayhem fifty times worse than the original act. Well, that's "Gone" in a nutshell. That would be fine, but this film wants to be a heartfelt examination of mother love and perseverance when it should aspire to being the cheesy story that it is. Had it embraced its lunacy instead of playing it so straight, this might have made a tidy guilty pleasure.
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!
It all becomes sillier and sillier as the conspiracy grows larger and larger. As gun battles rage across the city, one has to wonder if maybe there wasn't a more surreptitious way to handle the investigative reporter. I mean, really, with a team of armed assassins running amok--was kidnapping Parker's daughter the most economical way to get things done? But hey, this is the land of television. As I said, the film could have been a bit of camp fun. Instead, it wants to paint Parker as a hero and takes its antics a bit too seriously. Still, Parker has always been an interesting actress--I just think she deserves a bit better than this lightweight nonsense. Easy to watch, but never believable--hopefully you've got enough information to decide if this is for you. KGHarris, 7/11.