Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★

That was fun. Director David Fincher delivers mystery and suspense in equal portions, with a couple of interesting twists and several solid characters. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears from their suburban Missouri home on the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary. Did she run away? Was she abducted? Did he kill her? It's up to Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) to ferret out the truth, which may be hidden among clues left by Amy as an annual anniversary ritual.

Nick will need help from his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon) and defense attorney Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) before the credits roll. Look for Neil Patrick Harris to play a key part, too, in a tale that includes deception, adultery, coercion, theft, assault, stalking, entrapment and murder. It's a great script adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own novel. The background music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross suits the drama perfectly, too, and there are hardly any breaks in the mounting tension as one new piece of the puzzle is revealed after another. I won't be surprised at all if this pulls a couple of Academy Award nominations.

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