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Gone Baby Gone
(2007-10-25)
(wgvu) - Gone Baby Gone proves that Ben Affleck has talent. Of course, he already proved that with his collaboration with Matt Damon writing Good Will Hunting but that was quite a while ago now, and he's acted in so many bad movies since, that it could be forgotten. Gone Baby Gone is based on a Denis Lahane novel, he's the Boston crime writer who wrote Mystic River, which was made into the Oscar award winning movie directed by Clint Eastwood. A four year old girl gets kidnapped, and two detectives are hired by the family to help find the child. Casey Affleck plays Patrick Kenzie, and he's from the Dorchester neighborhood, one of the toughest in Boston. Michelle Monahan plays Angela Gennaro, his partner and girlfriend. The victim's mother is a drug addict and alcoholic, who lost her child through her own negligence. She makes the case personal for Patrick. (clip) Immediately the detectives are confronted by the police who are officially working the crime. Morgan Freeman is Jack Doyle, who is the head of the children's crime unit, and he pairs the two up with his own detectives, Nick Poole and Remy Bressant. Remy is played by Ed Harris, and after Patrick brings them to a bad lead, he and Nick run the two down. (clip) Gone Baby Gone twists and turns like the dirty streets of Dorchester, and it's characters run up against a grotesque cast of low level criminals, pedophiles, drug dealers, drunks and killers. Patrick is no innocent, but the truths he unravels takes a toll. (clip) I loved this movie, it's tight, compact, yet the layers of grime and shadows, sorrow, and brutally are riveting. Ben Afflect uses time, silence, and off screen dialogue with a deft hand. Brother Casey has become a superb actor, and this is best role yet. Veterans Freeman, Harris, John Ashton, and Amy Madigan are tremendous Gone Baby Gone isn't racking up the accolades or the audience that Mystic River did, but it's just as good a movie. Both leave you sad, a little bit soiled, but with a glimpse into a world you might otherwise never see. Unless, of course, you're living a similar tragedy. © Copyright 2021, wgvu