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Based on book by Dennis LehaneCasey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone
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This film’s release here and in Britain was delayed for a considerable time due to the supposed similarities between the plot and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. I can see what it happened, but in reality there aren’t that many similarities. The film is about Patrick Kenzie and his “associate” Angie Gennaro who have been hired to track down a missing child, Amanda McCready. Almost at once they find out that the media story isn’t quite the truth.

I really don’t want to say too much about this film’s plot. I don’t want to ruin anything for potential viewers and anyway the film is much more than its “find the child” storyline. It is dark and depressing and gritty and tense. But in the very best ways.

Watching you just can’t help but love Casey Affleck. And considering how creepy I found him in Jesse James that is quite an achievement by him. But you also can’t help but appreciate how well directed this film is. I’ve always had a soft spot for Ben Affleck, probably due to Good Will Hunting, but to be honest his acting hasn’t always been the most convincing now has it? As a director he really did nail this one though. Everything just works.

Most impressive are the actors. Every single one really delivers. You don’t doubt them, even when the twists begin to make you wonder just who is lying now.

It isn’t a happy popcorn flick, not by a long shot, instead it is a film that is interested in characters and atmosphere, morals and in asking questions about what you might do in any given situation. If you have the chance you really should watch it.

Post Author: Fence

9 thoughts on “Gone Baby Gone

    Ann

    (10 June 2008 - 3:13 pm)

    Interesting review – I was very disappointed when the film's release over here was delayed, but was able to see it in the US. I'm a big fan of Denis Lehane and found that the movie suffered a bit compared to the book, which distracted me. I wish now that I could have seen the movie without the book in my head. (My big complaint was with Angie, I think. that and something seemed not quite right in a way I can't describe.)

    Fence

    (10 June 2008 - 4:24 pm)

    I've never read any of Lehane's books so I can't compare.

    I hate comparing films to books, if I know a book is being made into a film I'll usually wait to read it, because books are usually so much better

    red

    (10 June 2008 - 10:22 pm)

    I'd forgotten all about this film. It came out in Italy last year but only in Italian. Time for me to get my hands on the DVD I guess.

    Harlequin

    (11 June 2008 - 9:56 am)

    I’ve read that there are some deleted scenes with Angie that make her closer to the way she was in the books.

    I loved it and will definitely be going again. I read a couple of Kenzie and Gennaros out of sequence but now I’ve ordered A Drink Before the War and am going back to the beginning.

    Harlequin

    (11 June 2008 - 10:56 am)

    I've read that there are some deleted scenes with Angie that make her closer to the way she was in the books.

    I loved it and will definitely be going again. I read a couple of Kenzie and Gennaros out of sequence but now I've ordered A Drink Before the War and am going back to the beginning.

    Maolsheachlann

    (13 June 2008 - 7:37 pm)

    I think you should go again, Harlequin. Doing things twice is always a good idea.

    Maolsheachlann

    (13 June 2008 - 7:38 pm)

    I think you should go again, Harlequin. Doing things twice is always a good idea.

    jean pierre

    (14 June 2008 - 3:53 pm)

    deary me… i wasn't going to bother with this – because of ben affleck!

    but your review has made me think again. and i do like casey affleck…

    Fence

    (15 June 2008 - 5:32 pm)

    Mal you're so bold :)

    JP it is well worth watching

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