Adapted from a book by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie, “Gone Girl” has Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike, disappear, seemingly killed by her philandering husband Nick, played by Ben Affleck. Though he tries to find her, it seems more and more likely that she is dead at his own hand, mostly since he doesn’t seem all that interested in finding her.
It’s then revealed that she IS alive and that Amy orchestrated everything to get back at her husband for his extramarital flings. Amy is revealed to be a twisted individual who plays her husband like a fiddle until the surprising, sickening end. It’s a shocking movie, and having the missing woman be the mastermind was a huge twist that threw everyone for a loop.
This film seems to be quite straightforward, as much as a drama could be. A young woman (Briony, played by Saoirse Ronan) has a crush on the housekeeper’s son (Robbie, played by James McAvoy), but the housekeeper only has eyes for Briony’s sister, Cecilia. Seeing as how Cecelia is played by Keira Knightley, it’s hard to blame him. Cecelia returns his affection, and in a fit of envy, Briony frames Robbie for an assault, getting him sent to jail.
After that, however, Cecelia becomes a nurse during World War II, and Robbie is released to serve. The two meet again, and their romance is rekindled. Aww, how sweet. Except not really – that story is what Briony tells the viewers much later. Both actually died during the war, and the book Briony writes tells us that she feels terribly guilty about her lie.
Martin Vail, played by Richard Gere, plays a defense attorney who is defending shy, stuttering altar boy Aaron Stampler, who is played by the then-unknown Edward Norton. Stampler is on trial for the murder of an archbishop, but he is eventually found not guilty due to multiple personality disorders, as it was known at the time – one of his alter egos, Roy, killed the archbishop.
After the trial is said and done, Stampler shyly confesses he doesn’t have multiple personality disorder – he’s just a sociopath. This kind of twist might seem a little simple to viewers nowadays, but back then it was a big surprise, and Norton’s performance sold it well, putting him on the map.
This film is the “Citizen Kane” of movies – meaning that it elevated the art style into something that had never been seen. Orson Welles took a fledgling art form and turned it into something that could bring people to the theater in droves. Kane is a clear reference to William Randolph Hearst, a famous tycoon of the time, but the mystery of what his last word – Rosebud – means isn’t explained until the final shot of the film when it turns out it was nothing more than his beloved childhood sled.
It explains how a man who got so much – money, power, fame, relationships – could be so haunted by something he didn’t have. Nowadays, this film will seem old (and it is), but it did many things that movies had never tried before, from shots to lighting to writing.
Released in 1974, this movie shot Jack Nicholson to greater fame as he played detective JJ Gittes, a classic noir character. From a simple investigation into an affair, his job becomes a bigger and bigger job that starts to encompass more and more, from politicians to land to the entire titular town.
He’s originally hired by Evelyn Milwray, played by Faye Dunaway, but he eventually comes across a young girl of interest to Evelyn and his own father. The big twist comes when it’s revealed that this young woman is not only Evelyn’s daughter but also her sister – her father was involved, let’s just put it that way. Not only this, but the bad guys get away with their nefarious plot. A bigger twist is that sometimes, there is just no justice.