Gone Baby Gone details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton, Amy Ryan, Amy Madigan, Madeline O'Brien, Titus Welliver|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, American Indie, Decades: 00s, Festival Favourites, Just Arrived, LOVEFiLM Favourites, LOVEFiLM Loves..., Matt Damon & Ben Affleck|
Gone Baby Gone
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Sep 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Ben Affleck makes his directorial debut with this drama from the author of Mystic River...
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Gone Baby GoneBy ValleyJohn (96 reviews) from Biggleswade , 30 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Here in the UK ' Gone Baby Gone ' was due to be released in December of last year but due to it having a very similar story to the highly publicised real life disappearance of four year Madeleine McCann who went missing in Portugal while on her holiday with her parents , it has yet to be released .Unfortunately she it has still not been found.
I managed to get hold of a copy ( Don't ask how! ) and apart from the fact that the girl is four and looks remarkably like Madeleine the story has very little in common with the tragic case here in Britain. Hopefully when British tabloid press stops their obsession with the McCann case and the truth of what REALLY happened comes out , Gone Baby Gone will get a UK release.
The story begins in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where the gritty, working-class streets are lined with the wreckage of broken families and dreams. It is here that 4 year-old Amanda McCready has gone missing without a trace. The police have failed to turn up even the narrowest of leads, so Amanda's desperate Aunt and Uncle plead with local private investigators Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Genarro (Michelle Monaghan) to take the case.
Without a doubt the best thing to come from this film is the performance of Casey Affleck . I was far more impressed with Casey than His brother Ben who directed the film . Ben Affleck managed to catch the gritty feel of a depressed working class Boston suburb but fails miserably to make the story clear enough for the viewer to understand . Or maybe it was just me.!
Half the way through i felt confused to the point of irritation and although it does become clearer near the end what happened to Amanda it felt too contrived and too far fetched to bring me around to loving this film.
It felt a bit of a mess times and it showed that the director was a rookie.
Looking at some of the reviews i have seen i think a few might disagree!
Amy Ryan has received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress and although her performance was good i don't think it merits an academy award. Casey Affleck on the other hand is a massive star in the making.
6 out of 10
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yawn yawnBy a customer , 07 Dec 2013what a tedious film, lots of mumbling, swearing and a dragged out plot. I thought Morgan Freeman had better taste.
Who is the bad guy.By Athespian (3 reviews) , 04 Nov 2013Wonderful film, you never get a handle on what happened, when it happened and who did what, not suspense, you know something is not quite right, but it keeps making you change your mind on who is the bad guy. Even at the end who is the worse bad guy. What would you do !!!!
More plot layers than a bag of onionsBy Val777 (31 reviews) from Pudsey , 23 Oct 2013Complex tale with more layers to the plot then a bag of onions. Just when you think you have a handle on things another layer is peeled and another plot twist is revealed. Well acted, directed and filmed but a somewhat ambiguous ending, just like real-life I suppose.
Intelligent ThrillerBy a customer , 04 Oct 2013Got pretty much everything you could want in a thriller, including an ending that is as ambiguous as the moral argument that no doubt ensued after many had watched it. Would give it 6*'s if I could.
Great directorial debut.By CityGent (53 reviews) from Burton Upon Trent , 18 Jun 2013This film is so accomplished it comes as real suprise to discover this is actually Ben Affleck's first effort as a feature film direstor. This could have been comlicated even further by casting his brother Casey Affleck in the lead role. In fact what you get here is a great detective mystery that twists and turns, seeming to be one thing then becoming something entirely different. I ,for one, did not see the final twist coming , which made for a very satisfying experience. Filmed in Boston, on the streets where the Affleck brothers spent the first 18/20 years of their lives, and using a lot of local characters who have not acted before, this film has an authenticity about it that really grabs you. The standard of acting from the leads is extremely high and for me Amy Ryan stands out in a role which is basically an unsympathetic character but somehow Ms Ryan manages to get you to feels some empathy for her. Casey Affleck is understated but powerful, and the film is lifted by also having heavyweight Hollywood stalwarts Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris in pivotal roles. Somehow plot exposition spoken by Morgan Freeman becomes riveting cinema ! A word should also be said about Michelle Monaghan who plays Casey Affleck's partner and manages to be a conduit for the audience's emotions and opinions , an excellent performance by an actress I am not personally familiar with. All in all a great film, gripping,well acted and directed by someone who is obviously a born director. I can't wait to see Argo now.
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