Certificate 18, 139 minutes
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Gone Girl is based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Runner, Runner) and his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike, Jack Reacher, The World's End), live in Nick's home town of North Carthage, Missouri, having moved there some time previously from New York. Nick is technically a writer - of the type who hasn't ever actually written a novel - but he also co-runs a bar imaginatively named The Bar with his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon) as well as teaching a class in creative writing.
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, an event his wife had traditionally celebrated with a treasure hunt, Nick comes home and finds his wife missing and signs of a struggle in the house. He calls the police, who immediately start treating it as a missing persons case - somewhat unusual for a case involving a missing adult who isn't classed as being at risk - but recent events in the area explain this. The investigating detective, Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens), quite naturally treats Nick as a suspect given the circumstances, but is more open minded than her colleague Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) who takes an instant dislike to him and considers Nick to be guilty from the beginning.
This film does not go in a direction you would expect, if you have ever seen films that look to be of this type before. Partway into it, it starts to evolve and change. You are not sure whether or not to believe in Nick, as it's revealed what problems his marriage and relationship to his wife had, as well as the money problems the couple had - which would have disappeared with his wife's death.
This is a long film, which often keeps you guessing, with places where you think it's going to finish - and, if it was a different film, it probably would have. The author of the book also wrote the screenplay, but she did state that the screenplay would deviate from the novel. However, the ending is probably not the one you'd expect - or possibly prefer - as it avoids going down the typical Hollywood ending route. There is one bit of rather disturbing and messy violence, but that's the exception rather than the rule. It's the concepts in the film that are really the most disturbing. Gone Girl is a complex thriller that is definitely above average, but it certainly isn't a nice film.