BY: FRANCISCO FLORES
Gone Girl proves to be a suspenseful, mystery film complete with a framed murder/disappearance and a story full of cheat and deceit. The film-adaptation of the book by Gillian Flynn stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the tension-strewn Dunne couple whose marriage troubles are everything but subtle. After finding out her husband is cheating on her, Pike’s character, Amy, frames her kidnapping which turns into a murder and directs all attention towards her innocent husband.
Gone Girl also stars Neil Patrick Harris as an obsessed ex-lover, Carrie Coon as Nick’s twin sister and Tyler Perry as a high-profile lawyer.
The David Fincher directed film gives Affleck one of his most noteworthy roles. He brings his character, Nick, a nonchalant stride attitude as he sits as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Pike’s performance in the film also does justice to her character as she plays a psychotic, delusional woman unable to accept her failed marriage.
Though many of Affleck’s roles in movies have been torn apart by critics, the tone of the film allows him to exceed his previous work and show a different side of his talent. His character shows minimal emotion throughout the film, which would be easy for any actor to do, but Affleck’s portrayal keeps audiences entertained as they search for answers along with his character.
The overall theme of betrayal and revenge is seen throughout the entire film and through many relationships between characters. As if that wasn’t enough to keep audiences captivated, the story’s constant jaw-dropping discoveries leave everyone’s hearts racing.
Sitting just shy of three hours, the film avoids a foot-dragging story by keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. The ending of the film is somewhat awkward because of how rushed it feels and the forced reconciliation of Nick and Amy. This low-energy ending might be the cause of mixed reviews for the film, but overall, it is a great movie for an exciting suspense.