Gone Baby Gone Reviews
In emulating the best -- Eastwood's Mystic River, Scorsese's The Departed -- Affleck shows excellent instincts, not least of which is letting his brother, Casey, hold the center as a young guy not as smaht as he thinks he is.
A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.
The unconvincing genre conventions in Gone Baby Gone are at odds with its authentic, lived-in atmosphere, but no one can say that Affleck hasn't looked into the depths, and the movie ends on a resonantly ambiguous note.
The movie has some nice plot turns, it settles around a painful moral dilemma, and features some fine acting. But it's the sticky sweat of the street and the fine attention to detail that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the screen.
As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match.
Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance.