GONE GIRL

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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).

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