Steel Notes Magazine September 2016 - Page 65 Steel Notes Magazine Ben Affleck’s demeanor, reads and smells like the infamous real-life murder case involving Scott Peterson, right down to the pregnancy factor. Only writer Flynn and director David Fincher store some grisly surprises th at will take your breath away. I cannot say more for fear of spoiling but those who have read the book, you know what to expect. All I can say is do not expect to see a corpse. Speaking of Scott Peterson and that equally grisly and profoundly disturbing media story, I recently revisited an interview Diane Sawyer had with Scott and the comparison with Affleck is uncanny – Affleck acts and looks like Scott Peterson to a tee (including in interviews). Nick Dunne is the performance of Affleck’s career and the purposeful lack of an emotional center makes him more human than he first appears. Once you consider the numerous twists in the narrative, you will understand his indifference in hindsight. As for Rosamund Pike, she delivers a scorchingly eccentric performance that will make you nervous, shocked, befuddled and downright exhausted. You are never too sure what to make of Amy and her alleged disappearance, and the minute details are revealed through her diary in voice-over and exacting flashbacks. If I have a bone to pick, it is that “Gone Girl” has flashes of character-oriented details and nuances yet scant insight into one of its main characters. Without revealing the twists, you still wonder why one specific character behaves the way they do – motivation takes a backseat. Despite that, “Gone Girl” is an entrancing, blood-curlingly fierce suspense thriller, one of Fincher’s very best mainstream flicks since his underrated “Panic Room” with a fantastic supporting cast (especially, in atypical roles, Tyler Perry as a cynical attorney and Neil Patrick Harris as Amy’s wealthy ex-lover). “Gone Girl” is consistently watchable and unpredictable, showcasing a marriage that is not what it seems leading to a touch of fatalism that will keep you up at night. It is a swift, intricately layered, sensational thriller that requires strict attention. Prepare to squirm throughout. Steel Notes Magazine 65