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Gone Baby Gone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Afraid To Say &quot Bring On The Tough Stuff&quot

    This film is raw, cutting, and filled with so much &quot speed&quot that it is &quot gone baby gone&quot before you know it. That said, it's not afraid to tackle the tough subjects of neglect and abuse of a drug and sex-addicted mother, corruption of law enforcement, and the very tough choices that those in law enforcement, social work, clinical work have to make on a daily basis. This film is not for the faint of heart but it delivers. Well worth the Netflixing or Blockbustering rental. Outstanding cast, outstanding performances, and outstanding direction and production.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tough emotional issues.

    The movie gives several different perspectives on what most would agree is a self-centered single mother who routinely neglects her small daughter -- and that's putting it mildly. The suspense and tension around the hunt for the girl after she is abducted is the major story, but the background of neglect and abuse is a constant undercurrent and ultimately becomes the focal point of the climax. Just a word of caution to those who have been victims of neglect and/or abuse as children: though excellent in many respects, this film can stir up painful memories. I know someone with such a history who saw it recently, and had a very difficult time with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Year's Best Films: Oscar Ignored!

    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. That it is going unnoticed "with the exception of Amy Ryan's nomination for Best Supporting Actress" by the Oscars is a grave oversight ! The time is contemporary Dorchester, Massachusetts and Patrick Kenzie "Casey Affleck" and his girlfriend/partner Angie Gennaro "Michelle Monaghan", become aware of a missing child Amanda "Madeline O'Brien" in their own neighborhood. The child's aunt Bea "Amy Madigan" and uncle Lionel "Titus Welliver", unable to cope with Amanda's drugged out mother Helene "Amy Ryan", knock on Patrick and Angie's door, pleading with them to help find Amanda: Patrick and Angie are private detectives who just happen to be an integral part of the neighborhood. Reluctant at first to become involved in the now 3-day police hunt for the child, a hunt headed by the respected Captain Jack Doyle "Morgan Freeman" who his lost his own daughter in similar circumstances and detectives Remy Bressant "Ed Harris" and Nick Poole "John Ashton" and who as a triad feel they are competent to handle the case without the 'immature experience' of the young couple. But Patrick and Angie do become involved, uncover leads within the neighborhood that lead to the clues behind the missing child incident and in doing so, unravel a lot of corruption within the police force, and also discover differences between themselves that threaten their otherwise close relationship. To say more would remove the incredible tension this story maintains all the way to the fadeout credits. The cast is uniformly excellent, from the smallest roles to the most major ones. It is difficult to single out any performer for praise as this is truly an ensemble piece. The flavor of the film is honest, unflinching, and refuses to ignore the grotesque incidents that must be shown for the movie to maintain its impact. Writer Dennis Lahane "'Mystic River', 'Shutter Island'" is a master of detailing the spectrum of responses that ugly matters induce: even the most noble of intentions have their shadowy side. Affleck finds all of this in this excellent film, a film so strong that it easily bears repeated viewings. Highly recommended...but not for the squeamish. Grady Harp

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