It just doesn’t get much better than a film that takes a few minutes to ratchet up the tension via that classic struggle over which wire to cut so as to diffuse a bomb and avert catastrophe. To be fair, it’s a somewhat tired trope that’s been done to death, yet when it is executed well, it’s a slam dunk for that extra pinch of tension screenwriters love to mine for.
Buried somewhere beneath the button-pushing gender politics and all-too-convenient plot twists in Gone Girl, there are some mildly interesting points being made about modern marriage. But after two and a half hours of soapy ridiculousness that wouldn’t be out of place on TV’s The Bold and the Beautiful, the movie just seems like cruel and unusual punishment.
Two big awards-season movies from last year are out on home video this week.
David Fincher is the right director to make a movie where two people rifle through endless amounts of paperwork and old photos suspenseful.
In the Scene-Stealers movie podcast #42, Eric and Trevan talk about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of TinTin, and We Bought a Zoo.
Stieg Larsson’s popular “Millennium series” gets the American treatment with David Fincher’s take on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”