Like a roller coaster ride, the film “Gone Girl” starts off slow and steep, the familiar clank-clank-clank sound of the ascending chain lift marking a young couple’s courtship, and, ultimately, their wedding. As the relationship strains and tightens at its highest, most vulnerable point, the movie unleashes viewers on a thrilling adventure of unexpected plot twists and turns.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a bar owner unhappy in his marriage who becomes the top suspect after his beautiful wife’s sudden disappearance on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. The story unfolds like a headline ripped straight from today’s tabloids, generating 24/7 news coverage and intense scrutiny for Affleck’s character. Viewers will find the criminal investigation, circumstances surrounding Nick and Amy Dunne’s relationship and others, to be dark, disturbing and yet intriguing to sit restlessly through.
Director David Fincher is no stranger to dark, bizarre thrillers with “Fight Club”, “Seven”, and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on his vast resume (and Academy Award nominated for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Social Network”). However, in “Gone Girl” Fincher outshines all of his previous works with this believable he-said/she-said whodunit mystery.
Gillian Flynn, who wrote the “Gone Girl” best seller, is sure to make faithful readers pleased with her screenplay adaptation for this film, which stays true to the story presented in her popular novel.
Rosamund Pike provides an Oscar-worthy performance as the missing Amy Dunne and leads an ensemble cast that is brilliant from top to bottom. Every character’s competent portrayal spins this remarkable tale into a believable narrative yarn—particularly Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney and the high-profile, celebrity attorney Tanner Bolt (played effortlessly by Tyler Perry).
“Gone Girl” unravels enough surprises to moviegoers to make it an instant classic that will be talked about 40 years from now. Viewers in theaters will think they’ve got the mystery solved, only to have another sharp turn in the roller coaster ride throw them in another unexpected direction. This well cast thriller provides dark, edgy entertainment that has serious Oscar potential. Don’t miss this thrilling ride.
“Gone Girl” is rated R with a running time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.
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