Adaption of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, Gone Girl is a mysterious and thrilling take on marriage with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in leads. Directed by David Fincher, the story revolves around Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben Affleck), a perfect couple living in New York. They both are writers and their lives are going just perfect. However, that is only until both lose their jobs.
They move back to Hicksville, Missouri in the event of his mother’s sickness. The dissatisfaction with their less than perfect lives is hinted at when Nick starts working at the town bar, which is co-owned by his sister. It’s the day of their fifth anniversary. Nick goes home and finds that his wife is nowhere to be found. She disappears, leaving behind upturned furniture, broken glass and traces of blood. All signs indicate towards abduction.
Days go by and there are no signs of her. Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect in the eyes of everybody. So, is she dead or simply gone? That’s when things begin to get complicated and the story starts to unfold, with jolts and thrills enough to leave even the readers of this best-selling novel surprised.
It turns out the real truth about the state of their marriage was kept secret. You get to know Amy’s point of view from her diary entries, and a series of flashbacks and voiceovers, which are filled with negativity for Nick. She feels isolated and lonely. She says he (Nick) is spending madly although they are already broke, and there are some intimations of violence as well.
The cast of Gone Girl is no less than perfect, with amazing performances from Carrie Coon (Nick’s twin sister), Kim Dickens (local detective), Neil Patrick Harris (Amy’s ex-boyfriend) and Tyler Perry, who plays the role of a lawyer and represents Nick after the disappearance.
So, the movie is slick to look at, and manages to keep things interesting even with a running time of over two hours, sure to keep you glued and entertained till the end.
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