Thursday, January 20, 2011


4 out of 5. Ben Affleck's GONE BABY GONE is another one of those films that sneaks passed you and you wonder why you missed it. Casey Affleck is easily likable in this role but it's the very real people they use for extras that ground this film. It feels "salt of the earth" and when you're talking about a girl's kidnapping you want to feel the grit in every frame. There's a voracious energy that seers through this film as we get closer to the answer. The power is in the performances and the relationships and the direction doesn't get in the way one bit. Finally, Ben can affect us in ways his acting sometimes falls short of. If you liked Mystic River you'll surely enjoy this.


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