Gone Baby Gone - DVD Review

As previously mentioned, when you are several thousand feet above a vast expanse of, presumably, very cold water, the last thing you want to be thinking about is the distance to the ground, or the complexity of aeromechanics or anything remotely connected to plummeting a significant amount of distance to aforementioned water.

Thank God then for Gone Baby Gone, a thriller that completely hooks the viewer in with the tenacity and engagement of say; a pacey John Grisham novel or a streaker at a sports event… perhaps.

Revolving around a missing persons/kidnap plot the film follows Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan’s Boston private detectives as they stumble through varying levels of being completely out of their depth. As characters from the police and the local neighbourhood become increasingly intertwined with the story the story folds into and out of itself on at least two occasions until, by the end, it closes on a couple of shuddering conclusions that will leave you examining everything you sat and watched for the previous two hours.

And this really is the crux of the matter and the reason for the rating. When a film leaves you with such a powerful aftertaste that you’re still thinking about it 5 days afterwards (indeed now still thinking about it 2 months afterwards!) I can’t see any other conclusion than giving it 5 stars.

By the time Gone Baby Gone closes you will have been forced to re-examine every character looking not for the bad in them but possible for any redeeming features. Pretty much every single character has to take some level of blame for the events in the film and their moral or amoral conclusions will play on your own depending on which side of the argument you find yourself on come the end.

Perhaps the film will be even more significant for those who can’t come down on one side or another because then you really will experience the harshness of the decisions every character on screen makes at one point or another. The fact that you might not be able to draw the line between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong only stands as testament to how powerful a film the brothers Affleck have succeeded in authoring.

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