Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Gone Baby Gone
I love Boston more and more as a city backdrop for crime movies. Look at films like The Departed and Mystic River, two grade A crime movies set in Boston where the violence cuts deep and the scars of betrayal never heal. The most recent crime movie set in Boston is Gone Baby Gone . Directed by Ben Affleck and staring his little brother Casey Affleck, who are both longtime Bostonians, give the movie a true rhythmic feel of the city. If Ben continues to make films like he made this one, he has made a lifelong fan. Casey is well on his way to becoming a great leading role actor.
When a 4-year-old girl is reported missing and the police have made little headway in the case, the girl's aunt hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie (Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Monaghan). The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with missing persons of this nature, but the family wants them for 2 reasons. One is that they're not cops and two they know the ins and outs of the rough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, the two P.I's face drug dealers, gangs, the police and pedophiles. When the case is finally solved, they are faced with a moral dilemma that may tear them apart.
This movie is well on its way to being a favorite of 2008. The cast and acting are what make this film truly remarkable. I love Gone Baby Gone because the movie places clues right in front of you and cant tell what the clues are, and they never feel like clues in the first place. Feeling rewarded after watching a movie is a wonderful thing.
Gone Baby Gone gets a B+ Enjoy!!! ~Caleb