Edge-of-the-seat thriller

Edge-of-the-seat thriller
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This is a good mix of suspense, crime and detection and a complex relationship. The ‘Gone Girl’ of the title is Anne Elliott Dune (Rosamund Pike).

This is a good mix of suspense, crime and detection and a complex relationship. The ‘Gone Girl’ of the title is Anne Elliott Dune (Rosamund Pike).

But the curtain rises to Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his twin sister Margo Dunne (Carrie Coon) meeting at their jointly owned bar. It is July 5, Nick’s wedding anniversary date.

Still from 'Gone Girl'

Soon he finds out that his wife Anne, already famous for her Amazing Anne TV show, has gone missing and it doesn’t take long for Nick to be named as prime suspect. But where is the body?

The missing girl gets wide media coverage and an award is named for the one who finds her. But the cops are already milling around.

Slowly, one gets a clearer view of the not-so-happily-married couple. Anne is a complex character and Nick was just thinking of leaving her and had come to inform his sister when Anne vanishes. It doesn’t take long for dirty linen to be washed in public. Twincest is a word coined to describe the brother-sister ties.

If Anne is seeing her ex-boy-friend Dezi (Neil Patrick Harris) Nick is having a liaison with a cool bitch, as Anne calls her. Nick also has financial problems and is dependent on his wife’s largesse. But on the murder charge Nick says ‘I may be unfaithful but I’m not a murderer’ or words to that effect. Top lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) is defending Nick. The plot thickens.

Director David Fincher whose ‘Fight Club’ is a real classic, goes about the narrative in typical style. And if in the second half credibility suffers it is the author-scriptwriter Gillian Flynn who must take the blame. But there are others who would side with her essay of modern marriages in the name of rat-eat-rat realism that seems to be the new Hollywood genre. ‘Nightcrawler’, coming soon, is another.

May be a tad long but it is absorbing nevertheless and a scathing comment on today’s duplicitous society. Rosamund Pike is absolutely brilliant, quite eclipsing Ben Affleck. There are also good cameos by Carrie Coon and Neil Patrick Harris in this not-to-be-missed movie.

Gone Girl

Cast : Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris & Carrie Coon

Direction : David Fincher

Genre : Thriller

Rating : ****Screenplay and lead performances Running time

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