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Gone Girl (2014) – Movie Review

Gone Girl (2014)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Emily Ratajkowski
IMDB Rating: 8.3
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Plot: On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl (2014)

Review: Gone Girl starts out with Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) faking her own murder and tries to frame her husband for it. For whatever reasons, it was not absolutely clear, other than apparently during their entire marriage she was playing the type of wife Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) wanted her to be.

What follows is a media circus as Nick is hounded by the tabloids and made to look like a real schmuck, while his psychotic wife is in hiding with a bucketload of cash…

That is until part of her plan comes undone and she is robbed by trailer park trash, and not having any backup plan (silly woman), she turns to an old flame, Desi Collins (Neil Patrick Harris) for help… Of course, since he still has the hots for her after all these years, (much to her disgust), her safe haven at his lake house soon turns to an obsession.

One would think here she would take what valuables she could load in a car and flee. But does she? No. Instead, she fakes being raped, and after killing Desi, she drives home, covered in blood, to the arms of her husband.

There are a few things in this that didn’t line up. Firstly, her disguise was an obvious fail, as the trailer park trash saw through her charade and took her money. Then, her alleged repeated rape as Desi’s home didn’t line up with the security footage. And finally the story she told police made no sense at all.

Nick – after being made a public spectacle of – takes her in and makes the decision to remain with her. After all her bullshit; After being made Public Enemy Number One on national TV; After discovering the truth of her failed plans, he allows her back into his life.

Anyone with half a brain would have kicked her ass to the kerb, or at least packed their bag and left themselves. But, Nick stays.. and why? Because of “Reasons”, which included the wealth that came with her “lifetime” movie of the week deal, among others….

This was a good film, if it wasn’t for the inconsistencies. The ending could have been better of they did a revamp of the ending scenes from “War Of The Roses“.

Verdict: War Of The Roses This Aint.
My Rating: 7.3 out of 10

 

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Surrogates – Movie Review

Surrogates… Quite the unusual name for a movie, but hey, if it works, what the heck anyway. As for me I would have given it the subtitle “Life on Facebook” 🙂

Although this is a new movie, I can say that this type of movie has been done before. Movies such as Freejack and The Island come to mind as I write this. But, since it stars Bruce Willis it has got to be a good movie, right?

Well without going into too much detail and ruin the fun for everyone, I will say that the movie is:  Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.

As I watched this, I could not help but think that this is closer to our own reality than some would think. After all, with Social Networks such as Facebook, Tagged, Twitter, MySpace and all the rest of the SN Posse, it is common knowledge that there are some who spend every waking second of the day one or all of the popular SN’s.  Not that I have anything against that as I have been known to do my fair share of being zoned out on one or many of the SN’s at large. But there is also the real world that one has to live in, and although these sites are great, I try to maintain a healthy balance.

Hence why it can be understood that watching this film  hits home that living in a virtual world could soon become a disturbing reality 🙂

Brilliant performances by Bruce Willis, Aussie actress Radha MitchellRosamund Pike, and James Cromwell.

A movie I would definitely watch again.

Without further delay, here is the synopsis of the movie: The filmmaking trio behind the hit sci-fi sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines re-team to explore a future in which humans live in isolation while only communicating with their fellow man through robots that serve as social surrogates and are better-looking versions of their human counterparts. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI agent who enlists the aid of his own surrogate to investigate the murder of the genius college student who invented the surrogates. As the case grows more complicated, however, the withdrawn detective discovers that in order to actually catch the killer he will have to venture outside the safety of his own home for the first time in many years, and enlists the aid of another agent (Radha Mitchell) in tracking his target down. Jonathan Mostow directs co-screenwriters Michael Ferris and John Brancato’s adaptation of the graphic novel by author Robert Venditti and illustrator Brett Weldele.

Movie Reviews Coming up next…. Zombieland and Bronson

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