Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Critic Consensus: Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen.
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as Patrick Kenzie
as Angie Gennaro
as Jack Doyle
as Remy Bressant
as Nick Poole
as Helene McCready
as Bea McCready
as Lionel McCready
as Leon Trett
as Amanda McCready
as Bubba Rogowski
as Roberta Trett
as Corwin Earle
as Skinny Ray Likanski
as Steve Penteroudakis
as Big Dave
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Critic Reviews for Gone Baby Gone
Gone Baby Gone is an argument for obligation over accommodation, the absolute over the contingent.
Mr. Affleck is laying the foundation, brick by brick, for a promising new career.
Ben directs Casey in Gone Baby Gone, and it's a career highlight for both of them.
The unconvincing genre conventions in Gone Baby Gone are at odds with its authentic, lived-in atmosphere, but no one can say that Affleck hasn't looked into the depths, and the movie ends on a resonantly ambiguous note.
Audience Reviews for Gone Baby Gone
It was worth watching but is not high up on my crime dramas favorites list (if it ever existed).
The aunt of a young girl who goes missing hires two local private detectives to find her amidst the usual accompanying media frenzy. Gone Baby Gone was directed and co-written by Ben Affleck on his debut behind the camera but please don't let that put you off! It's actually one of the most refreshingly adult and well-written cop thrillers in recent memory. The story felt to me almost like L.A. Confidential done in the style of TV series The Wire, in that there is very little in the way of moralistic black and whites, all set in a ghetto-like environment with the associated colourful yet believable language and characters. It's a film that actually has something to say, examining questions of the personal sense of right and wrong and the cynical media hype machine milking such incidents for all their worth for its own gain. Of course having such superb acting talent involved certainly doesn't hurt, Affleck, Freeman and in particular Ed Harris are are excellent and Casey's brother shows an excellent eye in his surprisingly mature direction. It's not perfect; the story is perhaps a little convoluted as I felt that there was one too many twists for its own good, but aside from that there is very little to find fault with. One of the most accomplished directorial debuts I have seen in years and all this from the star of Gigli! Who would've dared to think...?
Ben Affleck's directional debut is a close look at the dark side of Boston, thematically related to Lehane's other novel Mystic River, which offered a similarly pessimistic outlook on crime, white trash and the moral compass of the city. Here, a hunt for a vanished girl, turns out to be much more complicated and layered than first expected. Affleck can rely on an excellent cast, especially Freeman and Harris deliver great performances once again. The plot is sometimes a tad slow until the conspiracy gets moving. The film does not reach the emotional depth of Mystic River or the adrenaline level of Affleck's follow-up The Town, but it's a realistic, gut-wrenching and disenchanting look at broken families, corrupt cops and morality. The protagonist's ultimate decision creates a very conflicting definition of what's right and what's wrong, and that's very cleverly done by leaving the audience alone with the consequences. That solution will make you think for quite a while after the film, and that's certainly what it intended to do. Well done.
Gone Baby Gone Quotes
|Remy Bressant:||[about Patrick] Half the guys he knows are degenerates.|
|Patrick Kenzie:||Yeah, you know what the other half are?|
|Patrick Kenzie:||Cops. Don't hold it against me.|
|Patrick Kenzie:||Make me a fucking martini, you fat fucking retard!|
|Cheese:||because she's gone, baby. Gone.|
|Cheese:||Because she's gone, baby. Gone.|
|Remy Bressant:||Kids forgive, they don't judge, they turn the other cheek, and what do they get for it?|