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On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn.
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Having said that, the production-values don't necessarily warrant seeing it in HD - especially as I've also since seen it on DVD where it presented itself very well BUT note that the Blu-ray came with a few bonuses on initial release, when compared to the DVD, and in any case the Blu-ray is better - it's just not THAT much of an improvement....
The official film synopsis, repeated on the Amazon product webpage, certainly explains the opening gambit perfectly well because of course MUCH more ensues, but since a lot is revelationary I'm going to avoid specifics. Having said that, since David Fincher is the director most people will be expecting quite a bit 'more' as, aside from the awful 'The Social Network', he is well-known for taut, drama which usually has a notable 'dark-side'....
The screenplay is by Gillian Flynn and is based on her 2012 novel of the same name.
I will add that we quickly learn that Amy becomes gets even more than the usual amount of media interest, since she is famous for being the inspiration for a popular series of children's books, under the 'Amazing Amy' banner and written by her parents.
The other thing to mention early on is that if you are like me and usually avoid anything involving Ben Affleck then do not let that dissuade you either, as here he puts in a decent performance - albeit that he is outshone (in spades, IMHO unsurprisingly !) by Rosamund Pike....
So, we have a well-directed, taut drama which slowly unfolds to far more than the sum of it's (initial) parts courtesy of that excellent lead performance and a LOT of surprises in the plot.
It's so difficult to be more specific without spoiling things for first-time viewers, but if I just stated that the film has an '18' viewing certificate for 'strong bloody violence, very strong language' that might be enough for most.
Suffice to say, as hinted at before, the plot does expand to a multi-stranded affair with many enticing facets for those with a bent for tension or 'horror' (in all it's forms).
Yes, some of the developments do stretch credibility to it's furthest point - but in recent years we have had revelations of many disgraceful acts committed by apparently 'normal' people all over the world, which have managed to not only occur but then continue undetected for decades, so 'things do happen' as people say. Since people have 'successfully been kept 'prisoner' by kidnappers, including them fathering children, in well-populated housing areas or as it has come to light that parents have faked the disappearance of their own children for financial gain, even publicity, then unfortunately little can come as a great surprise nowadays.....
So, with all that said, if you watch this film with an open mind and don't try to pick holes in the 'action' TOO much then it is very likely to succeed in not only keeping you engrossed, but also delivering the desired shocks as various matters are slowly 'revealed'.....
I was now going to mention that the production-values are good considering the small budget of the film, BUT then I saw that it cost some $61million - a bewildering figure when, for example, it is compared to the $47million budget (noted as it was my last Amazon review) of the expansive 'Arrival', made just last year ! Quite where the money went I cannot say, as whilst the cast is quite large nothing else really sticks out as above the norm; it is a well-made, well-produced drama with convincing sets, but with few (normally costly ?) special-effects or exotic locations - maybe the 'talent' salaries gobbled-up the budget ?
On Blu-ray everything looks and sounds as good as you would expect of a modern release, but since it is a largely dialogue-based film which occurs mostly in buildings I don't necessarily think that it is essential to watch it in HD; I saw this film on DVD and it looked very acceptable and almost as good - as is the norm for SD it wasn't as sharp and there was less detail in the dark areas, but nothing too dramatic. The Blu-ray has a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, but again the DVD DD5.1 was perfectly good for this kind of audio presentation.
However, only the Blu-ray comes with a UV copy (which may sway it for fans) and if, like me, you can get the initial-release it comes in a slipcase with a small 'Amazing Amy' book - the 3rd photo of the Amazon webpage shows it, whereas it looks like present issues come in the standard BR case with no book.....
Both discs reveal the same disc extra. Yes, just the 'paltry' one: a feature commentary by Fincher - not yet listened to....
If you don't learn too much more than the outline plot, 'Gone Girl' should come as a surprise as the developments are satisfyingly complex and 'dark' to reflect the '18' viewing tag. The production-values are accomplished, albeit that they have difficulty justifying the film budget, but what really shines is the lead performance by Rosamund Pike, the ever-expanding adult-orientated 'action' and dramatic tension. On Blu-ray the film looks/sounds very good, but the disc extras are pretty woeful and I'm not convinced that you necessarily need to see it in HD to get the most from a typical bit of Fincher 'horror', albeit that it doesn't hit the heights of 'Se7en' or 'Zodiac'....
'Amy Dunne' (Rosamund Pike) is a writer, well know for writing 'Amazing Amy' books.
'Nick Dunne' (Ben Affleck) once a writer himself is,lets say, between jobs.
After having a drink at a bar 'Nick' co-owns with sister 'Margo' (Carrie Coon) returns home to find signs, perhaps of a struggle, 'Amy' is
nowhere to be seen, in the wake of the damage he's found he reports his wife missing to the Police.
There are constant flashbacks of the couples relationship leading up to their 5th Wedding Anniversary and the disappearance.
The longer her disappearance drags on coupled with the intense publicity, speculation mounts, the public at large come together to join
in the search.......The case has turned into a 'Media-Circus'
The Police investigation led by 'Detective Rhonda Boney' (Kim Dickens) begin to have doubts with regards to 'Nick' as the truth behind
this seemingly idyllic marriage begins to unravel, 'Nick's deciet and difficulties with the truth destroy his credibility leaves one question,
....did 'Nick' kill 'Amy' ? .....he'll need a heap load of help to prove that he didn't..........are both 'Nick' and the Media being played ?
An absorbing tale adapted from the best selling novel written by 'Gillian Flynn'
A devious and mischievous plot that has a few twists and turns along the way, 'Evil' dwells within......not the fastest moving story in
truth but well worth a watch nevertheless.
The film comes with an 'Amazing Amy' book.
Commentary by director 'David Fincher'
The 2 leads, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, make the film compelling and glad to see director, David Fincher, living on the edge.
Just a little disappointed how the film ended.
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