Gone Baby Gone (2007, Child Kidnapping Private Investigator Drama) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Casey Affleck: Patrick Kenzie
Michelle Monaghan: Angie Gennaro
Morgan Freeman: Jack Doyle
Ed Harris: Remy Bressant
John Ashton: Nick Poole
Amy Ryan: Helene McCready
Amy Madigan: Bea McCready
Titus Welliver: Lionel McCready
Writer (Original Novel): Dennis Lehane
Writer (Screenplay): Ben Affleck
Writer (Screenplay): Aaron Stockard
Director: Ben Affleck
Associate Producer: Aaron Stockard

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Amanda McCready has been kidnapped. Her mother doesn’t seem particularly bothered about it (though it could be bravado) but her sister-in-law is pulling out all the stops getting the media and local private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro involved.

8/10

It always intrigues me that child abuse seems to be considered an unforgivable crime by thieves, adulterers, drug dealers, murderers and rapists, presumably as if their own level of crime and immorality are somehow more acceptable. Director / co-adapter Ben Affleck’s impressive movie (aside from a sometimes impenetrable use of accurately meaningless bad language) is a story of child kidnapping and abuse and contains the afore-mentioned paradox but also an even more interesting challenge to a man’s moral integrity. REALLY BIG SPOILER Should we let a happy child stay with kidnapper Morgan Freeman or send her back to her neglectful, selfish mother? Would I have passed such a challenge? I don’t think so; almost certainly not in the movie world, maybe in real life. Affleck also provides an opportunity for a rare show of emotional pain from Morgan Freeman and it’s one of his strongest screen moments for years.

This movie contains very frequent sexual swear words, very frequent very bad language, adult dialogue and substance abuse and graphic gun violence, unpleasant and gory scenes, unpleasant and distressing scenes.

 

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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