Gone Girl : Plot Holes Explained

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A story well told. Even if the movie had ended at half point, that would have been a complete story with a twist. But thankfully it wasn't, that would have been just another execution of a standard ending-with-a-twist.

The Basic Plot Explained
Let's put the events of the movie in chronological order. The beauty of the story telling was the switching between the events in the time series. However, for the sake of understanding, let's make it a little boring.

Nick and Amy are both writers, they meet and fall in love. Amy's parents are shown to have been converting what Amy didn't get in her life into events of success in her fictional character - Amazing Amy. In short, Amy's a sweet candidate to have been turned into a psycho bitch early in life.

Nick and Amy fall in love, they have a sugar coated kiss and get married.

The recession hits. Both of them lose their jobs in NY. Nick's mother is diagnosed with cancer. They move to Missouri. Nick wants a child with Amy, and Amy refuses it. He keeps a sample of his manhood in a fertility clinic to ensure his swimmers are still awesome. Amy doesn't do her bit for this.

Eventually, Nick becomes uninterested in Amy and sleeps around with his hot student - Andie. He runs a bar called The Bar and everything he owns is on Amy's name. Amy eventually sees Nick cheating on her with Andie at The Bar and gets mother-pissed and decides to unleash her psycho on him.

Amy plans a nice and elaborate plot to frame Nick for her apparent murder. 
She finds a neighborhood idiot pregnant woman and becomes her BFF. They hang out and she gets enough evidence in the form of pictures that Amy has a friend indeed. Amy further tricks the said idiot pregnant woman and steals her urine to send them for testing to ensure that she was pregnant on records. She creates a diary with some true content about the initial days when they fell in love. She throws in all the extra false information about how Nick becomes aggressive and is unwilling to have a baby with her. Her pregnancy records in combination to this anti-baby feeling creates a motive for Nick. Amy changes her appearance and flees, waiting for Nick to get caught and sentenced to death after which she would actually commit suicide to give the murder story a closure. 

She sets up her house with the crime scene of her own assault. A little destroyed furniture, a little blood spatter. Lots of her blood on the floor, mopped up. A murder weapon in the fire place. She then leaves a trail of clues, which is part of her usual annual treasure hunt. But this time it's to frame Nick.

After having drinks with his twin sister - Margo, Nick walks in to his house to find Amy missing --> this is how the movie begins. He calls up the cops to tell them this. Detective Rhonda and her side kick show up to do a sweep.

Investigation starts, they find the envelop named clue one. Nick then follows this clue to the second, the second place is his office. The next clue leads him to his father's place. He gets there before the detective and hides the clues as he doesn't like where the clues are leading.

After a public event that goes bad with the idiot pregnant woman screaming out Amy was pregnant, the detective turns on Nick. There are purchases that Nick seems to have done on Amy's credit card. Nick convinces his sister that he is innocent and moves in with her. He even finds the final clue which is the out house at Margo's place. All the purchases done by Nick on Amy's card is sitting in the outhouse as evidence for his plan after murdering his wife.

Sexy student Andie comes in looking for some love, and love she get in Nick's sisters house. As Andie is leaving in the early morning, his sister catches him. Nick apologizes and heads to NY to get help from Tanner Bolt, a high fly super attorney who helps in such cases. They plan to fix Nick's public image.

Nick meets old boyfriend of Amy who was accused of rape and was set up, confirms her psycho-abilities. Just as Nick plans to go on TV and admit that he needed to be hated for his cheating-ass self and that he loves his wife and wants her back, big tit Andie makes a public statement about her rub-a-dub relationship with Nick. Nick gives his TV statement anyways. 

In the meanwhile Amy gets mugged by two of the people in the trailer park she's staying in. She has no place to go to and turns to Desi her former boyfriend. Desi is madly in love with Amy, so mad that Amy has a restraining order on him. He meets Amy and takes her to his bootylicious uber-cool pad with automated appliances and surveillance recordings and everything. Basically, everything that doesn't impress a psycho woman.

With Desi, Amy sees Nicks TV show program where he's being all - I wuv you Amy, please come back to me, I don't kill wives, etc. Amy is all - awww! 

Nick's image in the meanwhile is gets all better with the TV show cry fest act that he puts up. But the clues Amy leaves eventually catches up to Nick as the murderer. Detective Rhonda connects all the created evidence, including the outhouse full of goodies to point to Nick for the murder of his wife and arrests him. He gets pulled out on bail after by his lawyer.

Amy plans the rape attack tactic on Desi. She preps a surveillance video with her bleeding and crying lying at the door. She preps her her wrists with tie marks with a rope. When the poor soul gets back home, Amy takes Desi in to the bedroom, gets him all prepared for a humpin' good time and slits his throat. Once dead, she leaves and reaches Nicks house covered in Desi's blood. The media watches as she collapses in Nick's arms.

After this, she gives a statement to the FBI and the local task force. She explains how this whole period she had been kidnapped and kept in Desi's house. In self defense she kills Desi and escapes. She asks them to go through the surveillance tapes for proof. Detective Rhonda tries to cross question Amy, but gets shut-the-fuck-up'ed as Rhonda almost had Nick heading towards a death sentence.

Back at home Amy confesses to Nick about the murder. Nick plans to tell the world of Amy's psycho-bitchery in front of national television. But just before the shoot, Amy discloses that she is pregnant with Nick's kid. She snuck Nick's swimmers from the fertility clinic and let them swim up her womanliness. Nick can't do shit, feels responsible for the future kid and just plays a loving husband at the interview and stays with Amy. The disclose that they are expecting a baby.

The Plot Hole:

Unlike the rest of the world burning up with anger, we don't care if the villain wins for a change. However, Amy did commit a murder, any murder is questioned and looked into. FBI wouldn't go - "Amy is Amazing Amy, have you not seen the cover of that book? That makes her innocent in real life too".

The minute the feds land up at Desi's house, they will check the surveillance tapes. The tapes will show Amy walking in with Desi quite willingly and only a few days ago, not a whole month ago. There would be no activity for the rest of the time.

Amy uses wine to show bleeding to the surveillance cameras. When the feds check for blood remains, they wont find any.

Amy is not in an iron fortress, she's on the other side of a glass door. If she was desperate enough to kill someone, wouldn't she have first tried to break the glass door and escape? A tad bit of a simpler idea, yes?

Her own story of attack by Desi is inconsistent with weapon used. Amy bled out a lot, typically like one who needs some medical assistance or a dead person, yet she was not taken to any hospital, no statement or record.

Her story of her own murder is thought through. Her actual murder of Desi should have resulted in the FBI catching her by the collar. Had it been Dexter investigating the murder scene, Amy'd be dead before dessert.

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42 comments:

  1. What's to say Amy didn't wipe the videos for all before the day she left? It would seem very plausible that NPH would wipe his acts as he went to clean his tail until he was killed in 'self defence'.

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    1. Possible, but they don't show her to be a hacker of sorts. It looked like a very secure system. Not something that could be deleted at the push of a button. Besides, she's asks the cops to check the video out in her defence. If they don't find videos at all, then she has no alibi either.

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  2. Yes those were some huge plot holes. Also why didn't they follow up on all the blood they found on the kitchen floor in her kitchen. Her stories were full of holes. I did not read the book and I was disappointed in the ending.

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  3. Yeah, they show her getting away too easy. Dexter would have caught her and bagged her up before dessert ;)

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  4. Why didn't they test the neighbor's pee she used for the pregnancy test. Duh?

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    1. Yeah, there were a million ways for her to get caught. DNA test on the pee would have sealed her in.

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    2. What reason would they have to test it?

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    3. WTF, there has been a murder that she's openly admitted to, obviously there are going to be consequences and background checks on her side of the story, which is full of gaps.

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  5. The biggest plot hole that bugged the hell out of me was when the female detective openly contradicts herself from something she had stated earlier in the movie and the logic/smarts she was portraying earlier in the movie. This was most evident when the female detective found the supposed "murder weapon" in the fireplace at the home. That same detective spoke earlier in the movie about how "clean" the house looked, with the picture frames standing upright, confirming that some form of elaborate, time consuming clean-up had taken place after the wife's suspected murdering. This point seemed so clever to me, this detective was on her game and clearly thinks outside the box, right? I mean clearly the detective was smart, so why does she later forget this chain of logic when the murder weapon is found in the same household, in the most obvious of places, the fireplace, not even destroyed properly? If he had enough time to clean the blood off the kitchen floor, tidy the entire house, it is safe to assume he is smart enough to dispose of the murder weapon properly, not leave it half burnt in the fireplace. It's this plot hole that disappointed me most, more than other ones, because the detectives character and logic dramatically changes from what we (viewers) are led to believe about her. The detective went from being this super sleuth who looks beyond the simple evidence and theories, to one that doesn't. Totally contradicts the statement she made earlier in the movie when chatting to her colleague, when he said - "You ever hear the expression the simplest answers often the correct one?", she responds "Actually I've never found that to be true".

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    1. Good point Robert.
      Is it perhaps because the female detective is on a back foot because her investigations almost lead to a death penalty for Nick? In the interrogation of Amy, the female detective is basically asked to shut up because she massively screwed things up.

      That said, it could never be a fair judgement to Desi if they let Amy simply walk after killing Desi.
      A murder is still something no one is going to brush away as a small event.

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  6. I have no idea if these plot holes were left on purpose to wake the feedback from the movie, but some things were disappointingly flat towards the end.
    The better way Amy was planning her "murder" the less consistent seemed her later story.
    - Where is the enormous head wound (head skin has no major blood vessels, so that amount of blood needs about a crushed skull).
    - Who cleaned up the blood? Possessed Desi played a housemaid in the middle of kidnapping?
    - What's about the pic on a shelf showing it was all a set up?
    - What was that call from the neighbor, after which Nick went home urgently? That guy meant to sit there all day long. Amy could fled the house being unnoticed by him, but could Desi arrive, enter from the front door (that was opened and allowed the cat to go outside), engage in a fight and bring the unconscious body out without being noticed?
    - Did Nick show a police the last letter, found in the pile of gifts, predicting him to go to jail for the murder?
    - And yes, the cameras. All over the place. All over the roads and highways.

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    1. Yep. That is so true. More neat points to the fact that Amy got away too easy.

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  7. Seems to me those plot holes are there to make the moral of the story heavier: "Media and police will just about let a woman get away with murder if she portrays herself as a victim".
    It was a very good movie, the story superbly told, but the core message of "women can get away with murder and will go on torturing their husbands because of political correctness on the part of the media, society and authorities" I found almost unbearable, an MRA wet dream. Not a movie I will find easy to re-watch, which is a shame because it's extremely well done.
    But in any case, that's my explanation for the plot holes, they're there to magnify the ignominy of the ending, to make Amy that much more despicable and Nick that much more of a martyr before the credits roll.

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    1. Yeah, so true. In real life, she'd get her ass hunted down for manslaughter.

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    2. Women are put through all kinds of hell in this world, perhaps is right that she gets away!

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    3. What shitty logic is that Linda?

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    4. Why not? You see men getting away with trickery in the end of movies, I don't see anyone complaining?

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  8. When I read the book last year, the thing that I thought in real life would trip her up was the idea that the two people who robbed her at the trailer park would very quickly sell their story about her being at the park all by herself and free to leave at any time, and that it would be pretty easy for anyone who wanted to investigate that story to prove that it was true. Even if you accept that these two would not be believed, the landlady at the park would recognize her (she wasn't that well disguised) and the phone call that gave the police the location of the purchased stuff in the shed came from there.

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    1. Yep Brn, agreed, she's way too a public figure with a lot of gaps in her story to make a clean get away.

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  9. Totally agree this astute reviewer. It needed a capable cinematic screenwriter.

    Remember 'PRIMAL FEAR'? They should have kept the mystery until the very end with Ben Affleck about to explode when suddenly....she appears with blood all over her body. Then she explains what happened. Everyone is relieved! WOW! The nerdy Howser boy really kidnapped her!

    THEN, at the very end of the movie, she reveals who she really is and why she did it to Affleck. PERFECT ENDING and PERFECT TWIST.

    This is why I think David Fincher is so overrated. He's a nice guy, but terribly overrated. He should have seen the perfect structure. I know the director of 'USUAL SUSPECTS' would have caught it. And even a more horrible director, M. KNIGHT would have caught it!!

    GREAT REVIEW!!!

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    1. Thanks for that comment Anonymous! Humbled.

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    2. Have to disagree. I thought the structure helped the film. The twist half way through coupled with the unexpected ended was pretty refreshing. A plain old murder mystery with a twist at the end would have been boring and would definitely not have merited a two and a half hour film.

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    3. Chris, you are correct about the movie having a second twist to it. Else it would have been too plain Jane. The only point that we are trying to address is - "Is it that easy for a woman to get away with murder?".

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  10. Another point I was wondering about.
    Supposedly a random call came in from an anonymous caller that there was a disturbance near the wood shed.
    Does this not seem "convenient" to the detectives?
    Firstly, there was no disturbance in or near the shed, secondly, why would the cops open the shed if there was in fact no disturbance, and thirdly whoever called must have known about the items in the shed (obviously Amy!).
    Shouldn't this be a sign to the detectives that Amy is still out there and setting Nick up? Seems a bit too "convenient"...

    @Robert That is a really good point, I also seemed to notice that the detectives personality changed throughout. A lot of suspicious evidence that was seemingly never cleared up or looked in to.

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    1. Haha, looks like no one likes it when people get away clean when they haven't worked hard enough for it!

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    2. Well she's not exactly a good person (murder, faked rape multiple times, faked murder). I don't like to believe that our justice system is that flawed.

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  11. I'm not sure I agree with your idea of a plot hole here. She easily could have taken some of her blood and thrown a little around the place, just like she did at her house. And she was shown messing around with the camera's at NPH's house quite a bit. I thought this implied she would have been able to erase everything. If she erased everything, the cameras are still there, which would give NPH's character more suspicion and with a little blood here and there you could easily sell her story.

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    1. For the first round of excessive blood on the floor of her own house, Amy has no bruise to explain that.
      Sure she could sprinkle some more blood at NPH's house but again, it would lead to questions about - how the hell is she getting that much blood out of her system and is still alive and dandy and not in a coma.

      If she erases everything but her screaming in from of the camera, that would only lead to suspicions about how the other footage is conveniently missing. If she erases everything then she has no alibi on what happened at the house of NPH.

      Bottom line, when someone is dead, your story better be air tight, else you are going to get screwed.
      Amy has an initial plan and switches her plan in the end creating lots and lots of inconsistencies in her story.
      Like the article reads, had Dexter been part of the investigation, Amy would be at the bottom of the bay in 2 days.

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  12. She used affleck's credit card for purchases but Afflect didnt buy the items? So who received the items when they got delivered? Someone must have signed the receipt, right?

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    1. Hah, good one, another to the list of plot holes.

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  13. I agree with all of the plotholes mentioned as well as many in the comments. But the beginning of the movie and the ending was so beautifully circular that one must be intrigued by whether or not they wanted it to come off as ambiguous in the sense that it could have been the deadly thoughts of a woman's imagination. And just like in Nick's dialogue, he wonders what she's thinking. For them to be so unhappy, they're bound to have depressing thoughts and so she might have entertained the idea of getting away with framing him for murder- hence, all of the plotholes. This is probably the best defence for the movie, in my opinion. If I were the writers adapting the screenplay, I'd use that as an open-ended explanation for the numerous holes. But then again, this is fiction and I think for the sake of storytelling, they just want to compel us even when it's slightly far-fetched.

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    1. I love the idea of this being all just a figment of her - or even his - imagination. Never even considered that. I like how at the beginning, she looks back and up at him with a blank, cool expression; at the end, there is a trace of a smile there. Creepy as hell.

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    2. Ah, so like in American Psycho, it's all in her head, she's just plain psycho. Therefore she doesn't need to be arrested at all :)

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  14. On the other hand, this is the beautiful and aggrieved daughter of a very famous and affluent pair of writers, who has the country totally convinced that she's a sweetheart who just got raped and who killed the guy in self defense. If I'm the FBI lead investigator, I'm thinking to myself: "Well, there is a lot of fishy stuff going on here, but if I start pressing on this too hard, I'm going to have angry rich people on my ass, the media howling for my blood, and the teeming masses will be furious. This crazy lady handed me an open-and-shut self defense case, and I'm gonna call it exactly that and GTFO."

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    1. Well, if the rich simply start getting their way, we do need a Dexter taking care of matters then don't we?

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  15. Just saw this and was thinking of a few of those things - but - she never said Desi kept her all the time in one place. If someone questions her on the tapes for the lake house she could possibly say that Desi had kept her somewhere else before that. And she could easily lie and say that Desi had told her there was some danger for her if she left the house (mines, guards, blah blah).

    The head wound and the blood on her clothes were good points.

    My only other point would be wouldn't it be possible Desi had an alibi for the morning of the kidnapping. I mean he is some sort of successful business man so it's very possible he's in meeting a lot and live far enough away that it would still be tough to make it to her house in that time. It's a big risk for Amy's story

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    1. Ah, thanks for those points.

      Regardless of where Desi kept her, the surveillance videos will show her walking in with Desi with no force. The reason this would be is because the time she went in with Desi, she never really planned that she will kill him in that house and use the surveillance as an alibi. She comes up with that later on. The footage would just lack consistency.

      Your point is a good one too. Desi is rich which means he runs a successful business, and that can't happen without him meeting and dealing with dozens of people. He's not some kid who got rich because of an inheritance. Surely there would be people who would take his side of the story as they would be business partners and will need to protect their own interests.

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  16. Not only that Desi may have had an alibi for the day of the supposed kidnapping - but Nick went to Desi's house (in the city not the lake house) a couple of days after she went missing (day 3ish). Then later, Desi tells Amy that Nick went to his house "3 days ago. That's 5-6 days gap. And Nick knew he visited Desi - he certainly would've busted Amy by telling the FBI that he had been to Desi's and that Desi certainly wasn't at the lake house then.

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    1. yeah, she would be so busted.

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  17. I have three problems that I don't think have been addressed, so I thought I'd just throw them out there. The lawyer has his best investigators on finding Amy, ex-CIA agents, Nick gives Desi as a primary lead, yet none of these guys sat on his house, tapped his phone, etc., pretty crappy investigating!

    There is a history of Amy falsifying a rape, he never brings this up? This is never looked into? What was the point of introducing that piece of the puzzle, was it just left on the cutting room floor?

    Nick never asks the investigators to verify the pregnancy that was so important to his vilification. She claims she is pregnant in the end. If she is, why the elaborate plot to steal the urine?

    This was a great movie, until it ended, then all of these plot holes and inconsistencies were pretty much immediately obvious.

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    1. True that. Good movie but getting away that easy, they don't sell that well

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