Tricky plotlines, devilish twists

October 3, 2014 7:05 AM

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Tricky plotlines, devilish twists

Like an especially zealous high school biology student prodding at the frog split open before him, the filmmaker David Fincher - a man who takes wicked delight in examining the motives, and modus operandi, of serial killers and sociopaths (see Seven, see Zodiac, see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) - dissects the institution of marriage in his new, cannily crafted mystery, Gone Girl.

You may have heard of it. Gillian Flynn's book has spent 95 weeks at or near the top of the combined print and e-book lists. The casting of the film adaptation - with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, a couple five years into wedlock, their honeymoon decidedly over - has been the ...

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