The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -


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 Af­fleck) 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. Un­der the ag­gres­sively de­cep­tive di­rec­tion of David Fincher ( The So­cial Net­work), this is an en­ter­tain­ingly provoca­tive film, bound to set tongues wag­ging and minds rac­ing for some time to come.

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