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Gone Girl

Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne) and Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne) play a married couple whose marriage, five years later, has gone wrong, and it appears that Nick is ready to leave. Then, Amy suddenly goes missing, and there are signs of a struggle. The rest of the movie is partly about what happened to her and partly about what happened to their marriage. The movie is fascinating and entrancing. David Fincher (director) created a movie that is rather moody and dark – he teams again with Trent Reznor for the score, which is brilliant – but that also is very witty. As the plot unfolds, the movie (and their marriage) becomes even more interesting; the ending feels rather suffocating and is a great metaphor for being “trapped in a marriage”. The acting is wonderful by all, but I sure think that Rosamund Pike deserves an Oscar nomination for her great performance. Big thumbs up for a movie that is very stylish; I had not read the book, so what happens was always a surprise, but my guess is that the movie is made so well that those who read the book will likely be pleased. (2014; 4.5 Stars)

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