Gone Girl (2014)
Title: Gone Girl
Genre: Drama|Mystery| Thriller|
Runtime: 149 min
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
With his wife´s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it´s suspected that he may not be innocent.
MIND-GAMES AND MURDER IN MISSOURI
A mystic disappearance is always a promising theme for a good thriller. It is not mainly suspense but playful riddles that lead us through this story. A story not just about a disappearance turned into a nightmare but also about marriage as a scene for conflict and control.
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pick) are both writers and have a seemingly happy marriage. But Nick is now out of work and we find out that Amy has a difficult relationship with her parents who´s been stage-managing her life since she was a child and use her to support their own careers as writers.
One day when Nick enters the house he finds the coffee-table broken into pieces and his wife missing. The only clues are the letters Amy set up as a treasure-hunt meant for the couple´s wedding anniversary where she puts out clues for Nick to follow. But this time the search is for his wife. A battle is set up and Nick as well as the police have to deal with fans and people looking for a time in the spotlight while they´re trying to find Amy.
Police officer Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) is on the job trying to find out what happened to Amy. Walking around the crime scene disputing with her partner James Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) looking for clues they find some evidence of violence. While the search continues a- not- so- perfect-marriage unveils. The marriage is no longer a romantic dream but a daily routine and the question turns out not just to be what happened to Amy but also what happened to the marriage. Amy controls and stage-manages her husband while trying to create the life she wants. Her disappearance keeps the news reporters busy and suspicions are directed at Nick.
Ben Affleck is doing a good job as Nick even if he seems a bit to unmoved by the situation but the conversation between Rhonda and her partner and the energy of supporting actress Carrie Coon as Nick´s sister Margo is what really draws attention to the story. The movie is as well stage-managed as the lives of the main characters but the turns of events are few and the characters are not complex enough for you to really get carried away by this story.
The scenery and the motions of the actors are planned in every little detail under the direction of David Fincher. The escalation of the story and the mystic atmosphere is promising but without the nerve Seven, David Fincher´s hit-movie from the nineties had. But the screenplay based upon a book by Gillian Flynn is good and it keeps your attention for more than two hours which makes it worth spending some time on this film.