Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck's directorial debut is a film based on on his favorite novel of the same title. Gone Baby Gone is about two private investigators, a husband and wife team, who operate out of one the toughest neighborhoods in Boston. The weak and the innocent are broken everyday in this neighborhood where a mask of strength is your most important line of defense. It's a territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets littered with broken families, hearts, and dreams.
 
When a 4-year-old girl goes missing the P.I. duo is confronted with pleas from the child's aunt. Because of their networks though the neighborhood and edge on the people it was an obvious resort for the desperate relative. They may have that inside edge that the police don't have but little do they know that they are walking through an investigative door that will ultimately change everything -- their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives -- all in the name of a little lost girl.

With tones and colors similar to that of Mystic River, Affleck directs his brother down a treacherous road that surprisingly we as the audience truly care about.

Props to Ben, I absolutely loved the movie. The decisions Casey Affleck's character has to make and the situations he gets himself out of were tense, tight, and real. I loved Casey for his acting and his character.

The screenplay was tightly knit and no fluff. A great story that twists and turns like a river but never loses connection with any of it's elements. Everything Ben shows you has a purpose in telling his story.
 
I could feel Ben trying to hit back at his roots, touching on the rawness and desperation you feel at times in Good Will Hunting. If Ben decides to stay behind the wizards curtain I see nothing but a light at the end of his long dark PR tunnel. To kill a dead horse Casey Affleck coming hot off killing Pitt(literally) in Jesse James hits a homer gone baby gone with this film. I highly recommend. Let go of what you saw through the Afflecks before and give the sucka another chance.
Reviewed by: shea
2 Comment(s)
Nick said...
I agree. I also used the word 'tight' to describe this movie in my review of it. A lot tighter than No Country for Old Men, I thought, and very much snubbed at the Oscars. Great movie.
Josh said...
Wow, I wasn't really expecting much out of this one. I figured it'd be another so-so drama. But damn, this one definitely floored me. Affleck definitely has some skills as a director. And Casey Affleck just keeps growing as an actor. I also particularly liked the ending, it definitely makes you think about whether or not he did the right thing.