During the very first minutes of “Gone Girl” Director David Fincher, working hand in hand with his trusty DoP Jeff Cronenweth, takes us on a short tour around Missouri’s definition of the “middle of nowhere” or a “ghost town” at its best.
In this small settlement on the bank of a monumental, yet surprisingly wrapped with sadness, Missouri river basically everything seems to be gone already. Where are the people? Gone.
Where are the slightest traces of life on the streets of this town? Long gone. Even the way Fincher and Cronenweth walk us into this overwhelming emptiness is disturbingly lifeless, with the deliberate use of a sequence of still images. It might as well be a great opening to a B movie horror film, but it is not a horror film at all. It is much, much more terrifying than that.
But is the movie itself (or should be) “gone” already from our eyes, minds and hearts after 7 (or should we write it “Se7en”?) years after its commercially unspeakably successful release? Not by any means should you miss the opportunity to spend well over 2 hours of your life in some other distant couple’s disturbing, horrifying, unsettling, surprising and scary life events.
Or is it really some other couple’s life you watch on the silver screen? A look in the mirror might be a good option to try, just to be sure.