FOXTEL PREMIERE, 3.55PM ★★ ★ ★
Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s sensational 2012 bestseller, this malevolently mischievous movie was one of the best films of 2014. There is just one proviso to guarantee maximum impact: Gone Girl must be seen “cold”, as too much advance knowledge changes the game. Nick ( Ben Affl eck) arrives home to find his wife Amy ( Rosamund Pike) has disappeared. The front door is ajar and a glass table in the living room is smashed to smithereens. Oddly, Nick doesn’t seem all that flustered. Nevertheless, he calls the cops. Nick’s measured responses to the ensuing investigation ( and the finger- pointing fury of a baying US media) form one half of the narrative voice. The other half comes from Amy, via her diary. Directed by David Fincher ( The Social Network).