Gone Girl (2014) Director: David Fincher
The story for the film is based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name published in 2012. It stars Ben Affleck. It is a disturbing take on a crime/mystery story, one which leaves the audience guessing ‘who dunnit’ until the very end. On the evening of their wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne comes home to find his wife missing. The series of plotpoints play out in a very public manner, in which Nick is portrayed as the heartless killer who refuses to own up to it. His wife, Amy, was apparently pregnant and a diary of her last thoughts and feelings of being killed by her husband is found. Nick is publicly shamed and believed to be the killer, until Amy is revealed to the audience to be alive and well. She leads him through a trail of clues that shows she knows his infidelity, as it is revealed to the audience that Amy is still alive. She believes he will be convicted of murder, and after he is killed, she will commit suicide. Nick meets with one of her ex-boyfriends who she framed for raping her. Meanwhile, Amy is robbed and forced to approach another one of her exes whom she knows to still be in love with her. He takes her far away to a cabin deep in the woods. Meanwhile, Nick goes on a talkshow television program to portray a sentimental version of himself, apologizing for his mistakes and not being a perfect husband, but begging her to come home. Amy, impressed, kills her ex-lover while they have sex and uses the cameras in his house to make it appear as if he captured and tortured her. She appears on Nick’s doorstep in front of all the cameras, and the narrative in the media is that she was captured.
The film is a highly disturbing take on modern marriage; a dark and twisted story of suicide, infidelity, and conniving. Unsurprisingly it fits in well with the dark turn many Hollywood films have taken since the dawn of the 2010s -it is yet another hero-less film, in which everyone is more or less a-moral. Right up David Fincher’s alley.