Movie review: Gone Girl

Based off of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling 2012 novel, “Gone Girl” is a movie dedicated to suspense, plot twists and ultimately surprising the audience in every way, shape and form. It’s a mystery, thriller and drama film all wrapped into two-and-a-half hours of screen time.

Now, before you start questioning whether or not you’ll be able to sit through a movie that long, let me help you out. Director David Fincher has made “Gone Girl” a lengthy production, but it is in no way excessive. Each moment is fabricated so well that by missing even a minute, you are in danger of missing a critical piece to the puzzle that is the plotline.

"Gone Girl" movie poster. (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

“Gone Girl” movie poster. (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Enter Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck): A bar owner in Missouri who leads a rather bland life, aside from his deteriorating relationship with his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). When Amy suddenly disappears on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, the insanity begins.

The movie follows Nick on his quest to prove his innocence, as well as to find out what really happened to Amy. The riddle is slowly pieced together as Nick finds his way through Amy’s inexplicable disappearance, but it is not simple. With each development in the plot, what seems like the obvious answer becomes increasingly cloudy. Is Nick to be blamed for this tragedy, or are there other forces at play?

Supporting characters also give the movie greater depth. Amy’s ex-boyfriend Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris), Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Nick’s twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon) weave in and out of the plot. The cast is a mix of high-profile actors and actresses, as well as lesser-known ones who all tie the movie together.

Aside from the cast, the movie’s soundtrack increases the intensity of the experience. Coined as “dark ambient” by the soundtrack producers Trent Renzor and Atticus Ross, every note plays a role in keeping the audience on its toes. The mixture of calming orchestra music and harsh, rhythmic electronic sounds made my pulse quicken and hands sweat at times.

“Gone Girl” is a film that does not lack shock value. Twists and turns are inevitable at each passing minute, resulting in the audience not knowing what will come of the characters until the credits roll at the end.