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Gone Baby Gone

A movie directed by Ben Affleck

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True grit

  • Nov 15, 2008
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This movie pulls no punches in revealing the dark sides of its characters, and the result is a gritty, compelling crime drama, with a surprise around every corner.

Casey Affleck (brother of Ben a.k.a. the Director of the movie, a.k.a. half of Bennifer 2) plays Patrick Kenzie, a low budget private investigator who specializes in finding missing people. His partner is his live-in girlfriend Angie, and the two are hired by the aunt of a missing girl to supplement the efforts of the police force in locating her.

Kenzie soon meets Capt. Doyle (Morgan Freeman) and winds up working with officers Remy and Nick (Ed Harris and John Ashton). During the investigation, Kenzie learns that the girl's mother Helene (convincingly played by Amy Ryan) is no angel, and that she and her boyfriend may have inadvertently started a chain reaction leading to the abduction of her daughter by their greedy and stupid actions.

You'll think that the movie is over at least twice before it actually ends, and it keeps the viewer on edge just knowing that there's even more stuff about to happen. This movie deals with unpleasant topics such as kidnapping, drug abuse, pedophilia, child abuse and more, but Ben Affleck handles these unappealing subjects with such panache and realism that you'll have a bitter taste in your mouth for a long time after watching this movie.

Words of Wisdom (WOW):


1. Don't ever try to steal from your neighborhood drug dealer
2. If your boyfriend's name is Skinny Ray, chances are you're not heading for a stable long term relationship
3. Trust nobody
4. What feels right may not always be right
5. The right thing can be the hardest thing to do
6. Make sure you know where your children are
7. Although it may be wise to skip movies starring Ben Affleck, you shouldn't miss the ones directed by said Ben Affleck




Amanda Richards

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June 19, 2009
Wow. I just saw the movie. Talk about your moral dilemmas. And yes, I did think the movie was over twice before it was. I checked the clock and couldn't imagine there was more to come. But wow, was there. Great review, A.
 
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review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Amy Ryan shines and there are some fine piece parts...but there also are a lot of
Gone Baby Gone drops more F-bombs than dogs in a public park drop pooch poop. That's only part of the problem with this movie, which contains within a lot of wrapping a clever, complicated mystery. Scattered throughout the movie also are what seem to be endless "acting" moments for every featured actor, a style of self-aware directing that spills over onto some of the actors' performances, plus enough social sermonizing to keep even Sean Penn happy.       …
review by . August 11, 2010
The right thing
Based on a novel by Dennis LeHane. With Ben Affleck, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Morgan Freeman.      A little girl disappears from her run down Boston neighborhood, where Patrick Kenzie grew up and, now in his thirties, has never left. He and girlfriend Angie Gennaro live and work together, and life is good. When this pair of private investigators are asked to find the missing child, they reluctantly agree. But things don't go as hoped. And when Patrick finally uncovers the …
review by . November 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
A good neo-noir that will boggle you, while at the same time blow you away
This movie is what you call a can't miss movie it has all the makings of a great film and let me be say that it is a great crime film at that, probably one of the best since Street Kings and Narc. It's execution and style almost borders on Noir and it does so with oh so much style and grace. Ben Affleck proves that he's as good a director as he is an actor and screenplay writer. Ben Affleck surpasses his previous screenplay which he won the Oscar for( which was just as good here) and …
review by . June 19, 2009
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The story opens in a run-down section of Boston, where a 4-year old girl has been kidnapped. The police Captain (Morgan Freeman) isn't having any luck with the investigation, so the child's aunt hires two private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) to help. Their work takes them into a cruel world where life is very cheap.     This movie really surprised me. First off, it was a tense and scary detective story, but then it became a story about Right and Wrong, …
review by . December 05, 2008
Pros: great cast     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line:   "Could it be it's the end of our world?  All the things that we cherish and love  Nothing left but to face this all on my own"  ~Iron Maiden         Despite the subject matter, Gone Baby Gone was quite a good movie.  Ben Affleck made his directorial debut for a major picture and brought along his little brother Casey for …
review by . September 08, 2008
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River was pretty good to me. Affleck's direction is more than adequate. I'm sure he's aping Clint Eastwood's film version of Mystic River much of the time, and there's one scene that's way too reminiscent of Se7en, but he shows a lot of skill. He's great at capturing his hometown of Boston and the people who live there.     The story revolves around the investigation of a missing girl. Morgan …
review by . April 14, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: The story and plot are really good, the acting good, the pacing is great      Cons: Nothing really stands out, but it lacks something intangible from being 5 stars      The Bottom Line: A solid interpretation of a complex plot. Without reservation, it is worth the time.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone adapted from the Dennis …
review by . February 14, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
`Gone Baby Gone' is as unsettling as it is intriguing. Behind the headlines of child abduction, the movie is disturbingly real with events that develop naturally. As complicated as life itself, the film captures a mystery of tangled proportions.     Little four-year-old Amanda MacReady has been kidnapped from her Dorchester, MA home. We see private detective, Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) watching the latest breaking stories of her abduction on television with his girlfriend …
review by . February 13, 2008
Ben Affleck has written (with Aaron Stockard) a superb screenplay adaptation of Dennis Lahane's novel GONE BABY GONE and has proceeded to direct this tough tale with an ensemble cast of both well-known actors and unknown actors and walk-ons from the streets of the Boston area where they grisly story takes place. The result is a film so well tuned and realistic with a perfect sense of pacing and character development that it becomes a remarkable calling card for Ben Affleck's career as a director. …
review by . January 08, 2008
This is a confident and assured directing-debut for Ben Affleck. He has proven to be a good screenwriter (he co-wrote this one, as well as the Oscar-winning script to GOOD WILL HUNTING), but has been prett spotty as an actor. Sometimes his choices were poor and sometimes his performances too. He is obviously very intelligent and capable...but that doesn't always come through in his performances.     With GONE BABY GONE, filmed in Affleck's beloved and familiar Boston...he has …
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For his initial offering as director, Ben Affleck returns to the site of his first Oscar: South Boston. (He and Matt Damon shared the award forGood Will Hunting.) Hot on the heels of his moving turn inHollywoodland, Affleck's Dennis Lehane adaptation marks one of the more seamless actor-to-filmmaker transitions in recent years. Ostensibly, a procedural about the search for a missing child, class and corruption emerge as his primary concerns. First off, there's low-rent private eye Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck, equally adept inThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Then there's the girl's drug mule mother, Helene (Amy Ryan,Before the Devil Knows You're Dead). She and Patrick grew up in Dorchester, but he took a different path, setting up an agency with his girlfriend, Angie (Michelle Monaghan). Helene's aunt, Bea (Amy Madigan), hires the duo to augment the investigation, and they team up with Captain Doyle (Morgan Freeman) and Detective Bressant (Madigan's husband, Ed Harris). The authorities don't appreciate the interference, but Patrick knows how to get the local populace talking, and he soon finds there's more to the story than anyone could possibly imagine. Hard-hitting, but never soft-headed, the evocative end result proves Affleck has a flair for this directing thing and that his little brother can carry a major motion picture with aplomb.Gone Baby Gonebelongs on the list of great Boston crime dramas, along ...
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Director: Ben Affleck
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: October 19, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Affleck
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Studio: Miramax
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