“Gone Girl” in review

Mystery thriller offers twist, separating itself from past films

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“Gone Girl” in review


Imagine coming home to find your house torn up and your wife missing.

Then, imagine being under arrest on the charges of murdering your spouse, even if you continuously say you have nothing to do with it.

This is reality for Nick Dunne.

“Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne who is happily married to his wife of five years, Amy at the beginning of the movie. On the morning of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick comes home mid-morning only to find himself entering a crime scene: the front door is wide open and the living room is torn up. If only he could find Amy, so she could explain what happened.

The rest of the movie follows the murder case of Amy Dunne, while Nick quickly becomes the “most hated man in America.” During the first half of the movie, the audience follows along with Nick, who insists he has nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Whether or not Nick actually killed his wife looms over the entire plot, until it happens.

I can’t explain what happens, or else it gives away the rest of the movie. However, this “it” factor is what sold me on the movie. A twist so big, it sucked me into the movie, which is pretty difficult for me to do in the first place.

The first time I went to Gone Girl, I had no idea what the movie was about. The only thing I knew was Ben Affleck portrayed Nick, which is reason enough to go see the movie, in my opinion.

However, within the first five minutes of the movie, I was hooked. After the audience is introduced to Nick and Amy, and how they became a couple, the storyline goes straight into the morning Amy went missing. The rest of the movie is a mix between flashbacks and present-day to help fill the audience in.

Internet Movie Database rated the thriller at 8.2/10, and I agree with the rating. Gone Girl is based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, and per usual, the novel held so many more details than the movie could fit into the two-hour duration.

The best part of this movie is it kept me guessing until the very end. I remember walking out of Carmike Cinemas last fall when it was in theaters, and my friends and I discussed the movie for at least a half hour after we got back.

Gone Girl is, without a doubt, the type of movie that will mess with your mind and throw major curveballs. Make a point to catch the movie this weekend at in Woodland Theater in Davies Center with your pals.

But don’t forget to expect the unexpected.