The Review: I came to this film with no preconceptions, having not read the bestselling book. The 2.5 hours were possibly the fastest I have ever spent in a cinema. David Fincher's film is disturbing, bloody and twisted. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike play, at times, frighteningly credible characters and both are mesmerising to watch.
What works so well in this film is that both characters take turns to elicit sympathy and revulsion. It is a sort of battle between the two. I shan't reveal the 'winner' here but the journey to that 'victory' is a triumphant film that thrills and shocks.
The Verdict: It grips you and never lets go. Go!