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Movie Renter's Guide Number 155 - February, 2008

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"Gone Baby Gone" (SD DVD)

movie-gone-baby-gone.jpgSynopsis

Patrick Kensie (Affleck) and Angie Gennero (Monaghan) are private detectives contracted by a Boston family to locate a 3-year old girl, Amanda McCready, who was kidnapped. Captain Jack Doyle (Freeman) of the Boston Police Department, resents their intrusion into the case, and at first, so does Detective Remy Bressant (Harris), but soon, Bressant sees that the two investigators are very competent. In fact, they are so competent, they are the ones who get the real leads on the case.

The difficulty is that Helene McCready (Ryan), Amanda's mother, is a drug addict who is not a very caring parent, so the investigative group has a real problem getting all the answers as to why Amanda was kidnapped in the first place.

Specifications

  • Miramax
    2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 54 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 480i
  • English DD 5.1
  • Directed by Ben Affleck
  • Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Amy Ryan
    Rating
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  • Violence: Bloody
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The film is Ben Affleck's directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay. He has had a real problem with his reputation as a good actor over the years, but this movie is actually reasonably entertaining. Not bad for a first shot. Of course, it helps to have Academy Award winning actors like Freeman and Harris.

Technical

Photography is excellent, but the camera is a bit too close to some of the characters here and there. Surround sound is good for a mystery with, I am sure, not much budget.

Extras

These include an Extended Ending, Behind the Scenes, Casting, and other things.