‘Gone Girl’ an intense, sublime thriller

Many have said David Fincher does his best work when directing films of the crime genre. The film “Gone Girl” further solidifies that statement.

With his newest movie, Fincher (“Zodiac,” “Seven”) points a mirror at audiences, causing us to question our ideals. This mystery thriller stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon.

Written by Gillian Flynn, this story is about a husband (Affleck) whose wife (Pike) goes missing.

Following an intense media spectacle, Affleck quickly has the spotlight turned on him when it is suspected he is involved in the disappearance of his wife.

Intense is an understatement. This film is unbearably insane.

While most events of this movie would never happen in reality, this story is nonetheless frightening and honest.

Similar to Fincher’s “Fight Club,” the movie has a lot to do with characters going to extreme limits to preserve ideals.

The biggest standard these characters try to maintain is the institution of marriage and the joyful illusion it creates.

This film achieves what “Jaws” did for sharks. But instead of fearing going into the water, viewers will be terrified of marriage.

Story aside, the performances are stellar. Affleck and Pike have capabilities very few bonafide actors can muster.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score creates a dreamy atmosphere that’s extra chilling.

“Gone Girl” is a sublime thriller and indeed one of the best films to come out this year.

After witnessing the final image, it’s clear David Fincher is more than an expert director — he’s a deadly mastermind.

Rating: A+

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