This movie impressed me immensely. I am not a fan of Ben Affleck the actor, but I will watch more of his movies if he's behind the camera. The best directorial debut since the Coen Brothers Blood Simple. He had a little help since the source material was an outstanding novel by Dennis Lehanne, whose novels never disappoint.
The acting was superb. Casey Afflect gives amazing performance. A 5 star career skyrocketing performance. He is a far better actor than his brother and he shows it in this movie. Michelle Monaghan was great. Morgan Freeman never gives a bad performance and neither does Ed Harris.
This movie stirs your emotions and makes you think. It stays with you far after the movie is over. Most wont agree on the end and argue on weither or not the right thing was done.
This movie is a work of fiction, but it is very real. You only have to open a newspaper to see how real it is. Children get kidnapped, abused, raped and murdered everyday in this world. How anyone can hurt a child is beyond me. It shouldn't happen, but it does happen. When a child is abused it scars them forever.