Some movies are thrillers. Some are violent and tough on the system. Some have plots with twists and turns that keep you guessing for almost the entire movie. Many have interesting characters and subplots. But few have all of these and then include some of the most perplexing ethical dilemmas imaginable. Gone Baby Gone is all of the above. Starring Ben Affleck this movie should win some awards if critics pay attention. It kept me riveted for two plus hours without missing a beat. It was a morality play, based on a popular novel, with a heart-tugging twist.

The film should not be seen by young people. It will shock you with the ugly portrayal of sin and the underworld of crime and drugs it provides, but this is all too real. But it will also force the viewer to take stock of "easy answers" Christians often give to tough issues. Few films pack the punch of Gone Baby Gone, at least few that I have seen this year. See it if this is the kind of movie you can handle. Caveat emptor.

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  1. Ryan November 6, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Dear John,
    I wanted to drop you a line and say I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I read (just about) every post you write, and appreciate your honesty and the diversity of topics on which you write.
    I’ve been wanting to tell you that for awhile, seeing that you don’t seem to get regular comments but surely get a ton of traffic. Whether you are aware of that or not, just know that your writing is inspiring and appreciated.
    As a quick note, the film you mentioned above stars “Casey” and not “Ben” Affleck. Ben Affleck actually directs the film, which I haven’t seen.
    Just a quick note of gratitude and detail.

  2. John H. Armstrong November 6, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Thanks Ryan so much. You are right about Casey Affleck. I got the names confused precisely because Ben does direct this film. I assume they are related? Is this correct?
    I find blogging both a challenge and worth the effort when I read a note like yours Ryan so thank you so very much for letting me know you find this helpful.

  3. George C November 6, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I’ll have to check this one out.
    I just saw 3:10 To Yuma last night mostly based upon your review of it.Great film. I really liked The Proposition as well. Both the villians in the films make me think of how FDR or Churchhill (can’t remember which one) did not want to meet Hitler for fear of finding out that he was charming.
    Another great western you should check out is Unforgiven. Lot’s of moral complexity, great cinematography, and three great leading men (Eastwood, Freeman, and Gene Hackman).

  4. Adam S November 7, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Directed by Ben, Casey is the lead actor. They are brothers. Great film.

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