Gone Baby Gone
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GONE BABY GONE is Ben Affleck s directorial debut, adapted by Affleck from the novel by Dennis Lehane "Mystic River." It is an intense look inside an ongoing investigation about the mysterious disappearance of a little girl. As two young private dete ctives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) hired to take the case get closer to finding her, they discover that nothing is as it seems and more dangerous than they ever thought possible. Also starring Academy Award® winners Morgan Freeman (MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Ed Harris (POLLACK).
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The book by Dennis Lehane follows his theme of the horrific crimes done to children and where do we draw the line of the moral ambiguities on how to solve these issues.
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OF all of the fine movies scripted from his books to film (ie Mystic River , Shutter Island) Gone Baby Gone raises the same issues of child abuse using a very twisty plot (solving the abduction of a neglected child along with other criminal activities). The points raised here are what is correct vs. what is in the childs best interest. Our hero a neighborhood P.I. played by Casey Affleck (tremendous performance) does not see the ambiguity of this issue. The best place for a child is with the parent. He does not feel he has a moral obligation to decide the childs future except find her at any cost and return her to the biologic mother. Even if the mother has shown herself to use poor judgement in raising her child he is firm to his beliefs. His partner at work and home played by Michelle Monaghan(also an outstanding performance) takes a different view point.You do what is in the best interest of the child. These view points are important as they play out in the film. There is an unraveling of the mystery of the girl's disappearance. It's great story telling where the viewers are given their chance to decide not only who are the guilty people involved in the abduction (as a good mystery should) but also what would they do if they were confronted with the decisions that needed to be made. Everyone involved can justify their position. There is a fine line drawn between taking the high road (as Casey Affleck sees it)and taking the road which best serves the child's outcome and maybe best interests.
Ben Affleck ,the director once again chooses the playing field for this film as did the author. They know this neighbor, its inhabitants and what is going on at every street corner. There is an us vs. them feel as there was in GOOD WILL HUNTING and THE TOWN.
As much as I enjoyed Ben Afflecks other films this one invited me into the film. It forced me into a self inspection of how would I deal with a very disturbing and very real problem.
This is story telling at it's best.
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