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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"A MUST SEE"By a customer from Guildford , 02 Sep 2008Love this film! Great stars, suspense, many twists! Keeps you gripped, I was making up my own assumption of the ending of this film. I couldn't have been any more wrong, totally unexpected ending! A defo must see! ENJOY
LaughableBy trstn (2 reviews) from Bristol , 31 Aug 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI am genuinely shocked that ANYONE thought that this film was remotely praise-worthy, I found this film to be one of the most turgid pieces of cinema I've ever seen.
I get the impression that Ben Affleck really thought he was making a piece of controversial and thought provoking cinema clearly overlooking the spectacularly ludicrous script and plot rife with holes. To name but a few of the plot problems; how did Casey Affleck's character get away with executing someone (basic forensics would invalidate any other notion than first degree murder and due to the large amount of publicity crimes of this nature involve it is unbelievable that he would walk away from it), how on earth Morgan Freeman's ageing character was supposed to explain away the appearance of a young girl that he clearly didn't father (surely the idea of a plot twist is that it's believable and logical) and the reaction of Michelle Monaghan's character to the predicament at the end.
The last point leads me onto my main gripe with the film - it does not treat viewers like intelligent adults. For the ethical dilemmas (Ben) Affleck brings up the films screams that it is not straightforward and seems to go through the different points of view. I am not a child or an idiot and if I wished for a film to be treating me as such I would not be watching a film about abduction and paedophilia.
Ben Affleck has a lot to learn about subtlety, along with his sledge hammer approach to moral issues the paedophile house scene was frankly tasteless - I can imagine what had been happening and I don't need a guided tour around the horrors. Besides the best way to convey shock is to leave a lot to the imagination of the audience - the village scene in Platoon where a soldier beats a woman to death is an excellent example of this.
In addition to this the dialogue seemed like a desperate attempt at making the film credible and if that's what Affleck was aiming for he clearly failed. Every character is a laughable pastiche, most notably the gangster 'Cheese' whose dialogue made me laugh for all the wrong reasons. The dialogue, characters and inclusion of a few of the actors made it appear Affleck was trying to leech of the style of The Wire (which is brilliant) but again where The Wire is well written, developed and acted Gone Baby Gone is none of these things.
Frankly this film is dire, I find it hilarious that people are lauding this film as 'intelligent', 'gripping' and even 'brave'. If you want something that genuinely deserves that kind of praise I seriously recommend that you watch The Wire.
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Fantastic!!By Emmsywemsey (10 reviews) from Chafford Hundred , 31 Aug 2008This film is absolutely fantastic! The acting and story is superb and the viewer is really morally tested! Casey Affleck is perfect as the lead character and his brother Ben has proved that he has a real talent behind the camera
Shootings and violence with little senseBy Bridel (4 reviews) from London , 07 Jul 2008I really did not like this film. It confirms all the bad stereotypes about the US and US films: lots of shooting (they miss doing their western...!!) grit and totally unrealistic over the top plots that a five year old could have written.
The only thing I liked about this film were the last 10 minutes, where there is a real human dilemna.
This is the type of film that encourages gun and knife crime, making it look cool, normal and exciting, and make real life not quite 'exciting' enough.
I happened to see the brilliant film 'Couscous' the next day, and what a contrast: this IS a film worth watching!
Obviously my opinion is not that of a lot of people, but may be the diet of this type of film in cinemas is so big and overwhelming that there is little else to choose from.... sad....
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Ben's better behind the lensBy ClaireO (14 reviews) from MANCHESTER , 04 Jul 2008Recommended.
This is an accomplished debut as a director for Ben Affleck. It isn't a showy film but rather is a solid piece of work with good performances and a storyline that will get you thinking even when the fim has ended. My only issue with it was Michelle Monaghan who jarred slightly with the other characters - i just didn't believe her. Overall if you liked Mystic River and films of that ilk you'll appreciate this