ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Okay, so where to even begin with this film? I thought this film was truly amazing across the board in terms of acting, story construct, plotline, cinematography, and oh hell, even the make-up was perfect. The story is about a couple, Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), who are living in Nick's hometown, without happiness or excitement, until one day Amy goes missing. Through a series of flashbacks we are given a glimpse into how the couple met, how their relationship was before they moved, and how they were after moving to Nick's hometown. After Amy's disappearance, Nick is put under the strain of the media spotlight as being responsible for his wife's disappearance, and every move he makes is questioned. I can't give too much more of the storyline away without giving away too much of the ending, but if you haven't seen the film yet your eyes will be glued to the screen thinking: there has to be at some point the surprises end, right. Nope, surprises are in the film from beginning to end. It's heart-poundingly awesome, but I will say this, I wasn't sure how I felt about the ending. It's one of those movies where you know the story should keep going, but the credits start to come, and you feel like there should be more. The acting like I said was amazing, but the chemistry between them was mind-baffling. Affleck and Pike were absolutely convincing as a couple going from being in love, to borderline hating each other. The other relationship, that in my opinion was just as important to the films story, was the brother and sister relationship between Affleck and Carrie Coon (Margo Dunne). Affleck and Coon have to not only carry themselves as siblings, but as twins as well, and they not only convince you, but in my case I actually forgot they weren't. Neil Patrick Harris was also in the film, as Desi Collings, and as always was kick ass with his performance. Plotline had no flaws that I could see, which I why I kept wanting the story to continue so I could see what would happen next. Needless to say, I was actually a bit depressed when the credits started rolling. Cinematography is absolutely amazing, and two particular scenes stood out for me. The first involves the two main characters when they were falling in love and involves falling sugar (something sweet), and the second is where you see the breakdown of the marriage where we see falling snow (something cold). The only other movie that I can compare such intensity, emotion, betrayal, and craziness is "Fatal Attraction"; if you loved that movie I would be very surprised if you didn't love this. Go see it!


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