Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Movie Review: Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman

Director: Ben Affleck
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

A strong drama about a little girl who gets kidnapped and those who are trying to find her. Her mother seems to be preoccupied with herself There are a lot of answers that need to be solved. One is why does Ed Harris look so much like Viggo Mortensen in "History of Violence" in this movie? Never figured that one out.

Anyway, you can see some things coming in Gone Baby Gone, but the sharp performances are great. Casey Affleck plays a private detective hired to find the kidnapped four year old. He has to work through finding the girl, tension with his girlfriend and dealing with the girl's family, especially her mother. The movie works up to the point where Casey's character has to make a very difficult decision. The result will impact many lives in many ways.

Casey did a great job for his big brother Director Ben, also has a nice showing as a first time director. After watching you'll think about whether you would make the same decision that he makes at the end. By the way, the closing scene is great.

"Kids forgive, they don't judge, they turn the other cheek, and what do they get for it?"

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