Gone Baby Gone
Each day in America, 2000 children are reported missing. The sinuously provocative, edge-of-your-seat thriller GONE BABY GONE–adapted from Dennis Lehane’s (“Mystic River”) best-selling novel and featuring the directorial debut of Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck–follows the explosive case of just one missing little girl. But inside this investigation lie secrets and a labyrinthine maze of class and corruption, evil and innocence…all leading up to one man’s extraordinary choice in a world where right and wrong have become blurred.
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 investigators Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Genarro (Michelle Monaghan) to take the case.
Apparently in Boston, it is impossible for anyone to complete a sentence without using the F word. After only a few minutes, I was unable to keep up with the count so I just stopped. There were several plot twists to this film that writer Affleck managed to tie up in the end but in this reviewer’s opinion, the end didn’t justify the means.
“Gone Baby Gone” did have some shining moments. It was well directed and equally well acted. Unfortunately, the script writers were at a loss for words in some scenes while others seemed to use bad language just for the sake of it. All in all, this is a movie that would not appeal to most of the people I know and certainly isn’t family friendly by any stretch of the imagination.