Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Gillian Flynn
Based on: Gillian Flynn‘s novel
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon

Plot:
Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) used to be in love. But as their fifth anniversary approaches, things don’t look so good anymore. There’s been a lot of tension between them recently. And then Amy disappears after what looks like a break-in into their home. Nick seems upset but he’s also obviously hiding something – and the police are quickly narrowing in on him as a suspect.

I really loved Gone Girl. The story, the cast, the pacing – I was completely into it the entire time, even after having accidentally read a spoiler that could have potentially ruined the entire thing but turned out to be not quite as major as it appeared at first. Everything about the film just works completely.

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Alien³ (1992)

Alien³
Director: David Fincher
Writer: David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson
Sequel to: Alien, Aliens
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Lance Henriksen, Pete Postlethwaite

Plot:
After just about escaping with her life, Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) escape pod crashes on a prison planet, leaving her the only survivor. The inmates/planet’s inhabitants are all male and strictly religious and Ripley’s arrival causes much tension. It doesn’t help either when she discovers that she crashed because there had been an Alien in her pod. The residing doctor Clemens (Charles Dance) is the only one who believes Ripley when she says that there is a threat – at least at first. While they wait for the Company to come pick up Ripley, things become ever worse.

Alien³ does have some interesting moments. Unfortunately, it decides to focus on the other things instead and ends up being way, way too long.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Steven Zaillian
Based on: Stieg Larsson’s novel
Remake of: Män som hatar kvinnor
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic

Plot:
Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is a journalist in trouble. Not only has he just been convicted of libel, but the magazine he edits is experiencing financial difficulties because of it. But then he gets an offer from Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), rich retired business man. Vanger wants Mikael to research his great-niece Harriet’s disappearance 36 years ago, in the hope that he can discover something new. At the same time Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), young borderline researcher, gets the job to look into Mikael and his libel case.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in almost all counts the better movie compared with its Swedish predecessor. Too bad they messed up the ending.

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The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network (or, as it is known around the world, That Facebook Movie) was directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Justin Timberlake.

Plot:
When Erica (Rooney Mara) breaks up with Harvard-student Mark (Jesse Eisenberg), he goes home, gets drunk and programs a website where you can compare the hotness of two (female) Harvard students. This gets him into trouble, but he also gets a bit of fame out of it. Shortly afterwards he is approached by his co-students Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) and Divya Narendra (Max Minghella) who are planning to build a dating site, Harvard Connection and ask for his programming help. Mark agrees but instead starts to build his own social networking site: The Facebook.

The movie is fantastically written, wonderfully acted and perfectly directed. While the guys involved yould have made a little more effort to include women who are actual characters, everything else is just as it should be and makes for an engrossing movie.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the new movie by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. It’s nominated for about a hundred Oscars. It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Plot:
At the end of World War I, a baby is born – but it’s the ugliest baby anyone has ever seen. He looks like an old man. Disgusted and shocked by his wife’s death, the father [Jason Flemyng] abandons the baby on the steps of an old persons’ home, where it is found by the motherly caretaker Queenie [Taraji P. Henson], who takes him in and calls him Benjamin.
Benjamin [Brad Pitt] ages in reverse. He was born an old man, but with each year that passes, he gets younger and younger. As a child, he meets Daisy [Cate Blanchett], the love of his life who will continue to be the connecting thread in his restless existence.

What a sweeping movie. There’s absolutely everything in it. It’s wonderfully done. It could have been a little shorter though. But it’s definitely a movie you should see.

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