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Four-year-old Amanda McCready has disappeared without a trace. Her Aunt and Uncle plead with local private investigator Patrick Kenzie and Angie Genarro to take the case. Patrick and Angie reluctantly take the case. They join forces with a relentless detective and police captain and when it appears they are about to crack the case, the sad truth of Amanda's fate is revealed.
Drama Mystery - This is a slow, downbeat drama in the vein of Mystic River
aimed at adult moviegoers, not so much the more thriller type film
being sold in the commercials. The most known stars, Morgan Freeman
and Ed Harris, have fairly small roles here. There is virtually
Casey Affleck Michelle Monaghan THE HEARTBREAK KID, KISS KISS BANG BANG Morgan Freeman FEAST OF LOVE, EVAN ALMIGHTY, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN Ed Harris A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE HUMAN STAIN, RADIO Amy Ryan LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD Wri/Dir: Ben Affleck Directorial Debut
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Gone Baby Gone is powerful stuff - a movie that derives its plot twists from moral conundrums rather than from narrative sleight of hand.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good What I like about the movie is the way Ben Affleck and his brother, both lifelong Bostonians, understand the rhythm of a society in which people not only live in one another's pockets but are trying to slash their way out.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Bravo to Ben Affleck for a smart choice and impressive work. He has parlayed his Hollywood status into something worthwhile, moving beyond and perhaps learning from such debacles as Gigli.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 113 moviegoers:Approximately half, both males and females, enjoyed "Gone Baby Gone" very much. About half of the remaining half rated it as average. Unfortunately, the remaining reviews are low to very low. Since nearly three-quarters enjoyed it, at least to some degree, I can recommend the movie, but not strongly.
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 investigator Patrick Kenzie (Casey
Affleck) and Angie Genarro (Michelle Monagham) to take the case.
Though they're wary to jump in, Patrick and Agnie know the neighborhood and
they also know the truth about Amanda's drug-addicted mother Helene (Amy Ryam).
As they dig into her story, they find themselves on a trail that winds into the
dark heart of Dorchester and through a chain of drug-dealers, ex-cons and child abusers,
but brings them no closer to Amanda. In the glare of the media spotlight, they
join forces with a relentless detective Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) and police
captain Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman) - but just as it appears that the emotional
wrenching case is about to be cracked, in the flash of gunfire, the sad truth of
Amanda's fate is revealed.
As everyone attempts to move forward, a haunted Patrick cannot walk away. As
he backtracks through the clues, he finds himself lured into an
ever-intensifying web of lies and inexplicable violence, the shocking secret
that hid truth and facing a moral dilemma that will leave him, and the audience,
questioning what is right.