Gone Baby GoneDirector: Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone, Baby, Gone stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl. The girl's aunt begs Patrick to take the case because he has connections to criminal Boston that the police do not. He agrees and along with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), they uncover a web of corruption that threatens the relationship between the two. Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman co-star as members of the Boston Police Department.
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- Miramax Lionsgate
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Cast & Crew
|Casey Affleck||Patrick Kenzie|
|Michelle Monaghan||Angie Gennaro|
|Morgan Freeman||Jack Doyle|
|Ed Harris||Remy Bressant,Remy Broussard|
|John Ashton||Nick Poole|
|Amy Ryan||Helene McCready|
|Amy Madigan||Bea McCready|
|Titus Welliver||Lionel McCready|
|Michael Kenneth Williams||Devin|
|Chris Cornwell||Art Director|
|David Crockett||Executive Producer|
|Alix Friedberg||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William C. Goldenberg||Editor|
|Harry Gregson-Williams||Score Composer|
|Nic Harcourt||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Amanda Lamb||Associate Producer|
|Jeff Largent||Sound/Sound Designer|
|George R. Lee||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alan Rankin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sharon Seymour||Production Designer|
|Aaron Stockard||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Christopher Surgent||Asst. Director|
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Ben Affleck proved to be a pleasant surprise, that no one saw coming, as a first-time director in this morally ambiguous drama, adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel, that is authentic, fragile and deep with character. Rich with a cast that fires on all cylinders, Casey Affleck and Amy Ryan give impressive, raw, vulnerable performances that stick with you long after the movie is over. At first blush, you expect this grim, suspenseful story in the search for a missing Boston girl to fall in the pastiche territory of movie-of-the-week. Instead, this is a satisfying film that follows in the footsteps of Mystic River that Clint Eastwood would be proud of. Without spoiling the ending, Affleck delivers a thought provoking film you will puzzle over and poses a difficult question that carries no easy answers - What is right and what is wrong? It's this kind of filmmaking that excites and inspires.
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.
This film is raw, cutting, and filled with so much " speed" that it is " gone baby gone" 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.
I was reticent to see this film as I had read the book and felt greatly depressed afterward, but still liked the book all the same. I caught it on cable and although some liberties were taken with characters and plotlines, it is a very faithful adaptation of the book. I was surprised by Affleck's vision in capturing the bleakness of Dorchester, but showing hidden beauty of it as well. I was also impressed with Casey's depiction of Patrick Kenzie, but was disappointed that there wasn't more character development for him or for Angie Gennaro.
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
A film with a potential it failed to meet, a talented cast asked to perform below their abilities and an ending that was unravelled so poorly that that it left the viewer feeling slightly patronized. While both Affleck brothers have talent of varying degree, this film employs the lackluster capacity of one to equalize the superiority of the other. Also, Morgan Freeman, please take a hiatus. "Seven Shawshank Dollar Babies"