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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton, Amy Ryan, Amy Madigan, Titus Welliver

Director(s): Ben Affleck

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


Based on the novel by MYSTIC RIVER author Dennis Lehane, GONE BABY GONE marks the directorial debut of actor Ben Affleck. Featuring a solid cast that includes Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, and Affleck's brother Casey in the lead role as a private detective, GONE BABY GONE centers on the disappearance of a young girl in the working class neighborhood of Dorchester in South Boston. With plenty of twists and turns, the movie works as a solid crime thriller, but it's as a study of a place--and one's ab... [Get complete synopsis]


MasterWoodsman wrote on March 9, 2008, 3:37 pm
This was a great movie. The acting and story are top notch and pack quite a punch.

I didn't know Ben Afflek had it in him! Good Job!

*** SPOILER ***

Boy oh boy did the ending spark a big debate between Dessy and Myself. She thought the kid should have stayed with Morgan Freeman instead of "that worthless bitch of a mother!" Ouch! Great ending.

Deril wrote on March 10, 2008, 2:18 pm
havn't seen it, but M.M. is one of my new favorite hotties!

Not too shabby

motleymitch wrote on October 24, 2008, 5:33 pm
Wow, warning to you parental types!
Themes of child abuse/abduction alert!!!
A fine directorial effort by Ben Affleck (I can't believe I said that) and a fine lead performance by his brother Casey (ditto!). I guess it's that gritty Boston 'pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd' influence that gets their creative juices going.

*minor spoilers*

What starts out as a very sensitive story about a missing 4 year old girl, turns into a things-aren't-as-they-seem scenario, and then a big finale involving some very big moral and ethical decisions. Derek, I understand how you and Dessy argued about this!
I was gonna deduct some points because the who-dunnit aspect was pretty blatant and obvious, but overall this is chock full of great performances (Amy Ryan getting a deserved Oscar nomination here), and the final scenes are discussion-worthy.
The film had a 'Mystic River' feel to it, but was much better IMHO. Also, I got weepy at more than one scene - bring some tissues.
Oh, and when was the last time Ed Harris wasn't awesome? Never! And yes, Michelle Monaghan is babe-a-rific.
Big recommendations here.
motleymitch wrote on October 24, 2008, 5:34 pm
Well, just read that it's based on the novel by the same guy who wrote 'Mystic River', so there ya go.
Jefferygn wrote on September 22, 2010, 1:43 pm
I couldn't agree more with Mitchy. This was my second flick on the way to Vancouver on Air Canada.

All I kept thinking while watching this was, solid, solid directing. Really, very impressive. Also, the acting, the mood, the art direction: brilliant. We don't see much of the lower classes in films, but I thought this did a great job of portraying the underbelly of the city of Boston. A superb film. I am now psyched to see (It's a hellova) The Town; Affleck's follow up.

Deril wrote on October 25, 2011, 3:05 pm
We I finally got around to watching this. Simply amazing. Best movie I've seen in quite a while and I really can't believe that I had never heard of it.
I agree with all of the above comments.
I too can easily see this being a big and complex discussion point (as Derek mentioned).
I watched alone, but was trying to debate both side in my head.

PS. Ed Harris really is awesome. One of the best!

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