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Gone Baby Gone

  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Ben Affleck
  • 109 mins
  • 15

Summary

A tough Boston neighbourhood becomes the centre of a media circus when a four-year-old girl goes missing. A private detective is reluctantly drawn into the case when the child's aunt hires him to find her, and while investigating around the area where he grew up, he uncovers secrets and deceit surrounding the disappearance. Crime drama, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The UK release of Ben Affleck's feature debut as a director was delayed because of similarities with the Madeleine McCann case. Adapted from the novel by Mystic River author Dennis Lehane, it's the absorbing story of a four-year-old girl who goes missing - seemingly without a trace - from a working-class area of south Boston. Amy Ryan (The Wire) is brilliant as the child's mother, who is both hideous and heartbreaking. Casey Affleck, younger brother of Ben, brings quiet intensity to the role of private investigator Patrick Kenzie, who obsessively follows the girl's trail at the expense of his relationship with fellow gumshoe Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan). Fans of Lehane's series of books about Kenzie and Gennaro may be disappointed to see the character of Angie sidelined in places, although Monaghan does bring the necessary mix of self-assurance and vulnerability to the role. The director gets the best out of his cast (including Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman as cops working the same case), and his sensitive handling of difficult subject matter ensures that this story leaves a lasting impression.

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Credits

Cast

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Patrick KenzieCasey Affleck
Angie GennaroMichelle Monaghan
Captain Jack DoyleMorgan Freeman
Detective Remy BressantEd Harris
Nick PooleJohn Ashton
Helene McCreadyAmy Ryan
Bea McCreadyAmy Madigan
Lionel McCreadyTitus Welliver
Leon TrettMark Margolis
Interrogating officerRobert Wahlberg

Crew

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DirectorBen Affleck

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2008-06-06
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing, violence, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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