Gone Girl presents a unique thriller mystery: one to remember

THERE have been plenty of thrillers and mystery films over the years but Gone Girl is without a doubt one of the most memorable. So shocking and surprising that I realised at times I was pulling faces to what was going on screen. The almost everyday world that was created was believable, and rather compelling. Director David Fincher is no stranger to creating gripping films. Famous for works such as Fight Club and The Social Network to name but a few; Gone Girl is brilliant and, at times, a bit of a mind-bender.

It is extremely difficult to review this film without spoiling it, but to put the plot at its simplest, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) arrives home to find it chaotic and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing, thrusting the story towards a missing person hunt. This mystery is then quickly expanded upon, looking at both the police investigation and Nick and Amy’s past relationship.

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck)

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck)

Perhaps the strongest aspect of this film is the plot. Based on the 2012 bestselling novel of the same name, my immediate reaction (despite not having read the book) was how well it was said to have been translated onto the screen. This – most probably – was aided by the fact that the author Gillian Flynn wrote the script. Yet despite the film lasting for nearly two and half hours it competently takes the viewer from scene to scene, methodically introducing new plot points and twists at the right moments to hold interest. This includes flash-back scenes interweaved into the present, something that Fincher has proven to do well in the past.

Another great asset of this film is its cast. Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike are all widely recognised actors who have been in fairly big films (or TV shows) before. However it is the lesser-known cast that complements really well with the stars. Carrie Coon as Margo Dunne, Nick’s twin, in particular, gives a very strong performance and in my opinion the best in the film. Also admirable are Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt and Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney.

Despite this being a brilliant film, there is no point in hiding from the fact that this film does not hide from horrible discussion and scenarios, earning it its 18 rating – definitely not a date movie. On that topic, and without divulging too much of the plot, there is an interesting discussion to be had from this film about its themes on relationships, marriage and gender stereotypes. With this depth and the brilliant story, Gone Girl becomes a memorable experience and is a recommended watch, either for an exhilarating ride or something to spark deep meaningful discussion.