Gone Baby Gone [Blu-ray] [2007]

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  • Release Date: 04/15/2011
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (114 out of 123)

Synopsis


Gone Baby Gone
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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Casey Affleck
    Casey Affleck - Patrick Kenzie
  • Michelle Monaghan
    Michelle Monaghan - Angie Gennaro
  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - Jack Doyle
  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - Remy Bressant
  • John Ashton
    John Ashton - Nick Poole



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93%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Riveting crime drama from director Ben Affleck

    Posted
    DPutman
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    The provocatively-titled "Gone Baby Gone" peels itself one layer at a time, revealing unpredicted and mesmeric sides to a story that could never be guessed from the initial setup. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and auspiciously adapted for the screen by Ben Affleck (also making his directorial debut) and Aaron Stockard, the film begins as a relatively conventional kidnapping drama but ultimately turns out to be so much more than that. As the investigative procedural gets underway, potential suspects are questioned, and the safety of the victim is put into question, an in-his-element Affleck veers the narrative in sharply diverse directions. The twists, if one wants to call them that, are neither obligatory nor cheaply contrived for the sole purpose of jerking around the audience. Instead, they happen loosely and surprisingly, as real life does, and significantly supplement a motion picture that has a lot to say about human loss, parenting, child neglect, and ethical dilemmas involving whether what is lawful is always the right decision. When 4-year-old Amanda McCready (Madeline O'Brien) goes missing from a lower-class South Boston neighborhood, young self-employed investigator Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and girlfriend/associate Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) are hired by the child's worried aunt (Amy Madigan) and uncle (Titus Welliver) to look into the disappearance. With Amanda's drug-addled mother Helene (Amy Ryan) being of little help, Patrick and Angie work concurrently with law enforcement—namely, Captain Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman) and Detective Remy Bressant (Ed Harris)—in the hopes of either bringing Amanda home safely or bringing her captor/murderer to justice. As details involving Amanda's unsavory upbringing are brought to light, Patrick and Angie are left to question the extent of what is waiting for her if she is found alive. Ben Affleck, an Oscar-winning screenwriter for 1997's "Good Will Hunting" and an underrated actor last seen in 2006's "Hollywoodland," can safely add filmmaker to his list of talents. "Gone Baby Gone" doesn't look or feel like the work of a novice director, but of a veteran artist who intimately understands the medium and knows how to effectively rattle the senses of viewers without broadly manipulating them. Superficially, the movie's plot reminds of 2006's severely overwrought "Freedomland" and the mellow tone and gritty setting recall 2003's exploitatively self-serious "Mystic River" (coincidentally also based on a novel by Lehane). "Gone Baby Gone" is superior to both of those efforts, staying low-key and naturalistic even as multiple revelations in the second hour force one to reassess certain characters' beliefs and viewpoints while intriguingly depicting their tough moral quandaries. That director Affleck does not indefinitely provide answers as much as he leaves the debates open to personal interpretation is a smart choice that further lifts the film well above a standard police investigation flick. Casey Affleck (Ben's little brother) gets the lead role, but this is not a case of nepotism winning out over proper casting. In what is turning out to be Casey's year to prove his mettle as an actor to be reckoned with—his Oscar-worthy work in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" also deserves notice—the younger Affleck is commanding yet laid-back as investigator Patrick Kenzie, a 31-year-old who looks much younger than his age and isn't quite prepared for the lengths he is about to go in the name of his job and his conscience. As girlfriend and work partner Angie Gennaro, Michelle Monaghan (2007's "The Heartbreak Kid") gives the picture an empathetic maternal edge lacking with Amanda's actual mother, but is otherwise saddled with a character not as fleshed out as she could have been. Monaghan is overshadowed by Affleck, whom she shares all her scenes with, and is more or less left to react to the things around her. If the film hits a snag in its framework—and it's a minor one—it is the fact that Patrick and Angie are as young and wet-behind-the-ears as they are. As investigators, they are good at what they do, but by not having children of their own or clearly having the level of life experiences under their belt as those around them, their heightened emotions and actions pertaining to the kidnapped Amanda are not always wholeheartedly plausible. Supporting work is superlative. Ed Harris (2005's "A History of Violence") is intense as Detective Remy Bressant, hinting at the anger and willingness to commit violence hiding behind his respected badge. Morgan Freeman (2007's "Feast of Love") is wise and sad-eyed as Captain Jack Doyle, a John Walsh-like figure who has dedicated his life to finding missing persons after the tragic murder of his own 12-year-old daughter. As Helene McCready, mother of the missing Amanda, Amy Ryan (2005's "Capote") delivers a breakthrough performance, essaying a pathetic, self-absorbed creature who somehow shows her humanity even when said humanity is of the unflattering variety. Ryan runs away with her part to the point where she is head and shoulders the most memorable among an ensemble with more screen time than she has. Transcending its landscape even as it very specifically has been filmed on-location in Boston, "Gone Baby Gone" captures the communal flavor and darker underbelly of that New England city while spinning an uncompromising tale that will prove enthralling and relatable for adult audiences. The true themes hiding underneath the basic kidnapping conflict are where the film earns its power, but they must remain purposefully vague in this review so as to not give anything away. Suffice it to say, the movie does not jump the rails as further plot turns are uncovered, but strengthens itself through them. The final scene, perfectly scripted and performed, sends "Gone Baby Gone" out on a high note. As for the very last line of spoken dialogue, it is as staggeringly telling as it is unremittingly haunting.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A morally ambiguous masterpiece

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's directorial debut, but that's certainly not to say that the actors and actresses were any worse because of it. Affleck has created in this film a riveting thriller about the disappearance of a little girl from a Boston neighborhood and the repercussions it has for the private investigators, police, and family members who seek to find her at all cost. The cast is led by Casey Affleck as a private investigator hired by the girl's aunt and uncle to help police search for the girl. The torment that he and his wife go through as the case winds on deteriorates their lives to a torturous extent. The performances in this film are incredible. Ed Harris, who is always excellent, reaches a new level of intensity as one of the cops who are leading the search, and Amy Ryan's performance as the neglectful mother who lost her daughter was unjustly unrewarded on Oscar night. The choices that the characters in this film make and how those choices affect them are what really make this an unforgettable experience. It implants in your mind the unavoidable question "what would I do?" Don't miss out on this experience.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    not all it could be

    Posted
    mpikek

    this was a pretty solid thriller. ed harris was great as usual. morgan freeman was, well, morgan freeman. casey afflack is too much of a pretty boy to play this role but still does a pretty desent job. the story gets a bit confusing but by the end you seem to put it all together. i didnt really care for the ending at all, because the story gets side-tracked from another unwanted story that has a tragic ending, but the story ends in the like the middle of the movie, then they get back on track with the original plot. but by the end of the whole movie, however, its not really that affective. one of the villains dies way to early, but for an explainable reason. this is mostly a "departed" wannabe. its got the curse words, its got the small shooting scenes, its got the boston accent done pertect, and its got the plot twists. this movie surprised me on how good it was because ben afflack directed it. but for the most part, it was a pretty solid drama, thriller that was good enough to buy on blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buy baby buy

    Posted
    Whyse

    It was the day when watching a movie and it only being 90 min or less you'd complain about how the movie should be longer. Now all these movies are 120+ minuets and you're starting to think they are to long. Well even though this movie is 120 minuets you really don't feel it. The movie moves at a steady pace and keeps you watching. Casey Affleck plays a Private Investigator with his girlfriend and they are hired to find a missing girl. The police aren't a lot of help in this and his girlfriend does not want to even take the case. There is a lot of action and some surprising turns of events. Ben Affleck is the director of Gone Baby Gone. I will say that I hope Ben Affleck stays behind the camera because he is a much better director then actor.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 STARS

    Posted
    JERMINITIS
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    With all the years of referring to Casey Affleck as Ben Affleck's brother, we soon may be referring to Ben Affleck as Casey Affleck's brother. Casey was terrific as Patrick in this awesome story line. I honestly don't think he could have played the role any better. Added to Casey's great performance, there are a lot of great supporting actors. Just to name two, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman did great. Obviously, having a great cast is one thing, but you have to have decent directing. Ben Affleck showed off his directing abilities with this film. Add all of it together, including great lead actor, great supporting cast, great story, and great directing, and you have a ringer for a film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Film

    Posted
    JKoz

    If this is how Ben Afflek directs then he should change his occupation. This movie is a great action packed movie that is filled with suprises. The plot of the movie is like no other, they took a chance with this plot but it paid off. Casey Afflek is not the best person that could have chosen to play the lead role, I guess his brother would disagree, but he does an OK job. The supporting cast of Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris make up for Afflek's decent performance. This film is a must buy because you will want to see more than once. The second time you watch it might be directly after you finish watching it the first time.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Affleck Brothers at Their Finest

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    Matt2112
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    Ben Affleck proved his worth to a lot of people with "Gone Baby Gone," his first great success as a director. Many had forgotten Ben's early Academy Award-worthy work as a writer, and his work bringing Dennis Lehane's novel to the screen here (with Aaron Stockard) is nothing short of breathtaking. The story is deep, dark, and full of unexpected turns, and Ben's younger brother Casey makes for the perfect choice of lead to lend the story a heavy feeling of reality and despair.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCEPTIONAL FILM!

    Posted
    BMW330Ci

    When I first heard Ben Affleck was tackling this great book by D. Lehane I was VERY skeptical, shocked even. However, you will NEVER KNOW this was directed by a novice and certainly not by what you would expect Ben A. to direct. This movie is powerful, dramatic, intense, interesting, suspenseful and even if it is a tad predictable in some ways, it does not take away from this great film. STRONG dialogue, so if swearing bugs you stay away, otherwise this is a MUST SEE and a must buy for me. Enjoy!

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