Monday, September 15, 2014

MARRIAGE UNDER MEDIA’S SCRUTINY IN “GONE GIRL”


The bestselling page-turner “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gets film treatment from director David Fincher, known for his thrilling works in acclaimed hits “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” where Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as the afflicted couple when the Mrs. disappears on the day of their fifth year wedding anniversary.

One of the most anticipated movie of the season, “Gone Girl” is also written for the screen by the book’s author (Flynn) that explores a troubled marriage and how the media played a major part on Nick and Amy’s marriage. Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in a murder when his wife Amy (Pike) is nowhere to be found on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Nick and Amy are both journalists when they met each other at a party in New York, Nick a writer for a magazine while Amy writes personality quizzes for different publications. After getting married and with the surge of online publishing, both eventually lost their jobs leading them to move to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage to take care of his ailing mother and father. They easily slipped into their new life, Amy being home most of the time while Nick opened up a bar with his sister Go (Carrie Coon) and secured a teaching post in the local college.

Nick’s usually quiet town is suddenly abuzz when Amy disappeared on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. In his usual morning routine, Nick goes to The Bar and Amy stays at home. Hours later, Nick receives a call that prompted him to come back home but couldn’t find Amy anywhere near their house. Confused, Nick found broken glasses, overturned coffee table and streaks of blood all over the house. But clearly no sign of broken doors and windows.


Once news from the neighbourhood broke and reached the media, Nick finds himself under the court of public opinion where media anchors and reporters try to interpret and report whatever details they picked up from the investigation. As the investigation deepens, Nick and the police slowly discover clues left by Amy, in the tradition of their yearly anniversary and tried to use it to get to the bottom of Amy’s disappearance. The investigators, Amy’s parents, friends and the media guess that Nick is the prime suspect of his wife’s curious disappearance . Even worse, Nick has to fend off attacks from a talk show host whom everyone in town believes in and all other national media reporters who stalk him everywhere trying to get him to admit to his wife’s disappearance.


Find out what happened to Amy when “Gone Girl” opens in cinemas nationwide on October 8 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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