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NY1 Movie Review: 'Gone Girl'

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"Gone Girl" opened the 52nd New York Film Festival last week, and it's hitting theaters nationwide on Friday. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.

Gillian Flynn's best selling novel "Gone Girl" gets the big screen treatment with an A list director and a top flight cast.

Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a former New York writer, now a bar owner in Missouri, whose comes home one day to find his wife, Amy, missing. The house is a mess, with broken objects and blood stains all over the place, making it quite clear that some violent activity took place.

He immediately contacts the police, asking for their help. But Amy's nowhere to be found and Nick's become the prime suspect in her disappearance.

Now, if you' haven't read the book—don't worry. I won't be revealing any spoilers. Suffice it to say, this riveting story, takes lots of surprising twists and turns and the less you know about what happens, the better your movie-going experience will be.

Director David Fincher, who also made Seven, seems tailor-made to bring this story to the screen. He not only gobbles up the material, but improves upon it and along the way utilizes some of his patented grisly touches.

The movie is not only an engrossing thriller, but it's also a scathing social satire that skewers our tabloid-obsessed culture. It also takes well-pointed stabs at media feeding frenzies, has darkly comedic flourishes and brilliantly slices and dices such targets as Nancy Grace.

Ben Affleck is excellent here, but the real revelation is Rosamund Pike. As Amy, she flawlessly exhibits a wide range of emotions and it's an Oscar worthy, star-making turn.

The entire supporting cast are also first rate. Particularly notable is Tyler Perry, who seems to be having a ball playing a Johnny Cochran-esque defense attorney.

Novelist Flynn nicely adapts her book to the screen, remaining predominately faithful to her source material. The movie is shot beautifully, the pacing is letter-perfect and even though I had a problem with the ending, it does leave the door open for a lot of post-conversation.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: Four Apples

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