Plot: Nick (Ben Affleck) returned home on his fifth wedding anniversary and found quite a surprise, but it was no party, instead his wife was gone. The house was a little jumbled, but not in drastic ways and nothing seemed to have been taken, though his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) had vanished. No one had seen her leave or had heard from her, so Nick was panicked, to say the least. The police arrived and found some odd things, such as messes that seemed overly staged, a spatter of blood in the kitchen, and a note in a drawer that was marked as Clue #1. As Nick, his sister, and his in-laws work to spread word about her disappearance, he slowly begins to fall under suspicion and people don’t like how he handles himself in the wake of this tragic event. But Nick kill his wife and if not, what happened to Amy?
Entertainment Value: This tense, well crafted thriller is like a big budget, polished take on a Lifetime movie. That might not sound like high praise, but for fans of thrillers, it means ample twists, melodrama, and dysfunction, all created with the power of A list Hollywood behind it. You can see the inspiration drawn from real life right away, as this is similar to so many actual stories we’ve seen unfold on the news, but there are a wealth of unexpected turns here. Ben Affleck is rock solid here and channels Scott Peterson to an eerie degree, but that is just what the role needs. He goes through quite a journey in this movie and to me, this is some of his finest work. But Rosamund Pike steals the show and her coldly vicious narration is fantastic. She turns in an amazing performance and earns a place in the ice queen hall of fame, just a riveting and unforgettable effort. The supporting cast is deep and also quite good, but Pike and Affleck shoulder the bulk of the burden here. The tension is masterful, thanks to an excellent script and David Fincher’s superb direction, so right from the start, Gone Girl hooks you in and keeps you reel until the finale credits roll. I had an absolute blast with this movie and if you’re a fan of melodramatic thrillers, don’t miss this one.
The movie has a good amount of sex scenes, but little nakedness. A couple quick topless shots is about all there is, besides some man ass and of course, an ultra fast peek at Ben Affleck’s penis. But there is a number of sexually charged scenes, including a twisted moment that involves a woman shoving a champagne bottle up her pussy in order to fake a rape. Just one scene that involves active bloodshed, but man, it does deliver and then some. A man’s throat is slashed and the crimson flows like wine, all over the place in huge amounts. A nice burst of crimson to spice up the movie, I think and quite a memorable sequence. The dialogue isn’t big, flashy kind of lines, but cold, brutal narration and just a level of dysfunction that is admirable, given this was a high profile, big studio picture. So a lot of fun, awkward, and cringe worthy moments, well written and effective. The craziness here is decent, with an off the rails character that is one of the best cinematic representations of a sociopath ever, a role that leads to numerous bursts of shock and awe. The premise is also a wild one, so given the highly memorable character and sheer level of dysfunction, this one gets some points.
Overall Insanity: 8/10