Girl Gone – Film Review
Girl Gone is a thriller that features the performance of Ben Affleck in an exploration of what can happen when a long term relationship goes to the Dark Side, and believe me when I say that this Dark Side isn’t serving up any cookies. There is nothing sweet or sentimental in this film. Girl Gone is jarring, off-kilter, and tense. If you think you have a handle on where the film is going, you are probably wrong. There aren’t too many films that surprise me more than once with a twist within the script, but Girl Gone did just that.
Rosamund Pike in Girl Gone
Although Ben Aflleck was the promoted actor in Gone Girl and puts in a solid performance, Rosamund Pike puts in a creepy, mezmerizing, off-putting performances that commands the screen. Rosamund’s performance as Amy was so fully immersed in the psychotic side of the story that it was too much for some movie goers.
There was one scene in particular in Gone Girl that pushed the audience past the cringe level. In the show that I attended, it not only succeeded in having a large portion of the audience look away or cover their eyes, it spurred quite a few people to get up and leave the theater. This film is not for the faint of heart. The scene that I’m referencing is a murder scene, which was incredibly violent, bloody, and callous. I realized as I was watching it that it was edited just long enough that it offended most people’s level of decorum, even for a bloody thriller.
Based on the novel Gone Girl written by Gillian Flynn, the basics of story deal with a couple who are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, when the wife, Amy, disappears. Evidence left behind implicates the husband, Nick Dunne….and then the Crazy begins….
There’s an old adage that says “Marry in haste and repent in leisure.” Watching a film like Girl Gone could convince you never to get married.
Carrie Coon as Margo
Ben Affleck’s character Nick, has a twin sister Margo, played by Carrie Coon. Although Pike puts in a creepy performance, in many ways Coon steals the show with a solid compelling performance. I kept thinking that they were going to make more use of her in this script, but perhaps she was meant to be the distraction, either that or they are perhaps setting up her character to be more involved in a sequel. With the success of this film, and the possibilities that were developed in the storyline, a sequel would be completely understandable. If I were going to write one, Carrie would shift to the primary character in the next installation. The question is whether or not the writer and producer will take on that challenge. The risk, of course, would be that a sequel is unable to live up to the level of intensity of the original.
As I said earlier in this review, this film is NOT for the faint of heart. The storyline is tense, the performances intense, and a few of the scenes are over the top and cross into the offensive realm. This is NOT a good date film. After watching this film you may look at your partner with a different eye, and if your date is a little off-center, you might never be able to look at them the same again.
For me, this is a hard R film, for violence, and the twisted nature of the content. That being said, if you’re a thriller lover, this film will definitely be on your radar, and the performances are excellent across the board.
Girl Gone Trailer
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