The reason why Gone Baby Gone works so well is the attention to which Boston is portrayed. The urban neighbourhood is like another character in an already strong cast, one that has needs and desires just like everyone else.
The action and drama related to the taking of the girl and the unraveling of the mystery are inarguably engrossing, but sometimes twists and turns that work on the page are drained of impact once put to screen.
I'm torn between thinking there should be more films like this or fewer. I love the moral discussions, the difficult Sophie's Choice decisions. On the other hand, how bleak, how wretched, how depressingly realistic.