It’s been a while since we had a decent psychological thriller to mess with our minds, but in the upcoming movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, it’s hard to say for sure what to expect, which we think could be a good sign. Looking a bit like a throwback to 90s classics like Single White Female, The Fugitive, Sleeping With The Enemy and Basic Instincts it’s got the hallmarks of something quite impressive, but with Ben Affleck in the lead role, the big question is whether or not it’ll be up to the standards of his work in Argo, or out on a limb in the same way that his other notable adaptation, Daredevil.
If we’re completely honest, if it weren’t for the fact that former Bond girl Rosamund Pike was in the film, we might not have even covered it, but with the A Long Way Down and The World’s End actress in the mix it could be an interesting movie to watch. The fact that she’s also been cast as Lady Penelope in ITV’s 2015 Thunderbirds reboot has only added to her sub-zero level of cool and the prospect of a psychological thriller could see her build on her serious acting credentials, following up on previous roles in Pride And Prejudice and An Education.
Gone Girl has been scheduled for a release date of the 3rd October 2014, so it could turn out to be a tense Autumn heart racer if director David Fincher (Alien 3, Seven, Fight Club) can get all of the individual elements of the film to come together with as much impact as the book that it’s based on had. For people who have already read the book, the film might not hold as much intrigue, but for newbies you should get yourself set for psychological twists and turns from the upcoming release.
The story of the books tells of a young married couple, Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Pike), who move from New York out to small town America after Nick loses his job and decides to find a new life for them. However, when Amy disappears on their 5th anniversary, Nick finds himself implicated for murder with Amy’s diary casting him as a less than perfect husband.
The cast for the Gone Girl (2014) film also includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Me Your Mother), as a seemingly sinister figure on the fringes of the hunt to find Amy. He looks like a good addition to the cast, giving off a very creepy vibe in the trailer, leaving a whole lot of questions about his involvement in the disappearance of Nick’s wife.
Gone Girl (2014) film poster:
We love the fact that the screenplay for the movie has been written by Gillian Flynn, as it’s a rarity for the author of the book to go on to write the script for the cinematic adaptation, despite their evident understanding of the plot, characters and motives behind the storyline.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame, along with long-time collaborater, Atticus Ross, have scored the music for the film, building on the success of their previous work on David Fincher directed movies like The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Check out the Gone Girl trailer below to see some of the intricacies of the plot evolving, but if we give you one piece of advice, it’s not to go onto the Wikipedia page and read the plot for the book, as it’ll give way too much of the story away. Although, if you prefer reading, you might want to forsake the film and go straight for the book instead.