Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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The aunt of a missing young girl hires two local private detectives to find her amidst the inevitable accompanying media frenzy.

Gone Baby Gone was directed and co-written by one Ben Affleck on his debut behind the camera, but please do not let that put you off; it’s actually one of the most refreshingly adult and well-written cop thrillers in recent memory. The story felt to me almost like L.A. Confidential done in the style of TV series The Wire in that there is very little in the way of moralistic black and whites, which is all set in a ghetto-like environment with the associated colourful yet believable language and characters. It’s a film that actually has something to say, examining questions of the personal sense of right and wrong and the cynical media hype machine milking such incidents for all their worth for its own gain. Of course having such superb acting talent involved certainly doesn’t hurt; Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris in particular are all excellent and Casey’s brother shows an excellent eye in his surprisingly mature direction. It’s not perfect; the story is perhaps a little convoluted as I felt that there was one too many twists for its own good, but aside from that there is very little with which to find fault.

One of the most accomplished directorial debuts I have seen in years and all this from the star of Gigli. Who would’ve dared to think…?

9/10

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