Movie audiences have come to expect a certain level of quality from director David Fincher. His breakthrough feature Se7en remains a horror-noir classic, Fight Club still feels fresh and ground-breaking, and his work on Netflix original House of Cards helped the political drama become a landmark series for the streaming outlet.
It's not too much of a surprise that his next film, the upcoming thriller Gone Girl - based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the script - has received universally positive early reviews ahead of its October 3rd release. The film's trailers frontload the fact that the marriage between Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has become tense and sour - highlighting the central mystery of whether or not Nick actually killed Amy on their fifth wedding anniversary.
Now, a clip from Gone Girl and several new TV spots explore the mystery from slightly different angles. In the first clip from the film (above, courtesy of JoBlo), we're given a glimpse of Amy and Nick in a time before things got ugly. Nick tries to pick her up at a party and - mirroring the hoops Nick will have to jump through later in their relationship - Amy poses a multiple-choice question to him.
Years later, Nick will have to face intense scrutiny by the police, media and the country as the story of his wife's disappearance becomes national news. While the following TV spots essentially repackage footage from the trailers, they each explore the notion of what is and isn't true - as in this one, in which Nick sticks to his best defense:
The ticking clock becomes the theme for this next one, since the longer Amy is gone, Nick just becomes more unraveled - after a certain point the cops will start treating the case as a murder, rather than that of a missing person:
As this next spot points out, every story - like that of Nick and Amy Dunne - has three sides. The tag of "His, Hers and the Truth" hints that there may be an unreliable narrator(s) somewhere in this story:
Finally, Nick has to face the key question about his life with Amy: how's your marriage? The notion that Nick may not be able to answer that question - at least not in a way that will make the police view him as anything but a suspect - only adds to the nightmare:
Readers of Gillian Flynn's book know about the ingeniously nasty plot twists in store. The early reviews have indicated that despite reports to the contrary, Fincher has remained amazingly faithful to the source material. If so, Fincher and Flynn may have been able to pry open the secret chambers of a modern marriage, and we may not like what we find there.
Gone Girl opens in theaters on October 3, 2014.
Source: JoBlo, 20th Century Fox