‘Gone Girl’ tests emotional limits

GONE GIRL—Nick Dunne, portrayed by Ben Affleck, addresses the media and community of North Carthage, Missouri to talk about his missing wife Amy Dunne, portrayed by Rosamund Pike, in the film “Gone Girl.” COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY

By Liliana Marquez

Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” is a mystery thriller that, along with Rosamund Pike’s great performance as Amy Dunne, leaves the audience clinging to their seats from beginning to end.

Directed by David Fincher (“Seven,” “The Social Network”), “Gone Girl” has a storyline with a lot of twists and turns.

The film has a good balance of drama, humor and suspense that makes it one of the best films of the year.

With the screenplay written by Flynn, this dark and tension-filled film is about the marriage between two writers, Nick and Amy Dunne, who have been laid off from their jobs in New York and decide to move to the husband’s hometown in Missouri.

On the day of their fifth year anniversary, Nick Dunne, portrayed by Ben Affleck, arrives home to discover that his wife has gone missing.

Affleck delivers a great and solid performance and has the audience struggling to decide whether he is good or bad in the story.

His character is fascinating and the twists in the storyline show the different sides of Nick Dunne before and after his marriage.

As the search for his wife continues, Nick Dunne begins to show strange behavior.

This leads him to get a lot of unwanted attention from the media until some people begin to believe that he had something to do with his wife’s disappearance.

As the film progresses and the questions about Amy Dunne’s disappearance continue to go unanswered, the viewers have a chance to learn more about her through a series of flashbacks, thanks to a diary she kept.

This diary proves to be of crucial importance to the events that follow their life as a married couple because she explains how her husband started to turn into a different person.

As the days pass by, more and more information reveals secrets, lies and more questions about the marriage and to whether Amy Dunne is dead or alive.

Fincher does an excellent job at maintaining control of the movie, despite the changes that the storyline goes through.

Despite not being in chronological order, the director was able to create a movie that runs smoothly without creating confusion for the audience.

The movie, which lasts two hours and 25 minutes, starts slow and seems depressing, but everything changes drastically as the plot develops.

Perhaps what makes “Gone Girl” such a great film is Rosamund Pike’s performance as Amy Dunne.

Pike is fabulous and rises above the rest of the cast with a poised performance portraying the “Gone Girl.”

Her character’s actions escalate little-by-little, leaving the audience astonished with the outcome.

Although Amy Dunne appears to be perfect and flawless, the twists in the film show other less likable sides of her.

This character went in a lot of different directions throughout the film, and Pike managed to play the role perfectly.

Another key character is Amy Dunne’s ex-boyfriend Desi Collings, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother,” “The Smurfs”).

Harris plays a character that was obsessed with Amy Dunne since high school.

He becomes a suspect after investigators find out that years earlier she filed a restraining order against him.

Harris, who is a great comedic actor, did a decent job while portraying Collings, but sometimes his performance felt a little flat and there were parts where he overplayed the role.

“Gone Girl” is out in theaters now and is rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.

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