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© 2014 Twentieth Century Fox
© 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

By Megan Bianco

Novelist, critic and now screenwriter Gillian Flynn has gained a large following since the release of her first book, Sharp Objects in 2006. Two more books, Dark Places and Gone Girl, followed. The latter, a popular suspense/thriller was adapted for the screen by Flynn and director David Fincher. With the star power of Ben Affleck and character actress Rosamund Pike, the film was cast surprisingly well.

On the after the Fourth of July, their wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) returns from work to find his house in disarray and his wife, Amy (Pike), missing. Through a serious of flashbacks and narration, the audience sees how Nick and Amy got together, while Detective Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) conduct a local investigation. Nick’s life quickly becomes more complicated when Amy’s parents and the media get involved with the case.

Neil Patrick Harris and Scoot McNairy appear as Amy’s former boyfriends and Carrie Coon plays Nick’s twin sister, Margo. Gone Girl is Fincher’s return to filmmaking after an experiment with Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and re-unites him with composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

To fans unfamiliar with the novel, Affleck and Pike may at first appear to be odd choices for the main couple, but soon score as rivals, keeping audiences conflicted and engaged throughout. Gone Girl is a darkly fun and shocking ride, true to Fincher form.

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