Thursday, April 3, 2008

GONE BABY GONE

This contemporary crime thriller from director Ben Affleck, GONE BABY GONE, was based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, and was one of the best films of last year. As far as I’m concerned, Ben did such an assured job helming this disturbing drama, that he can give up acting and move behind the camera permanently.

The downbeat story involves two young Boston private investigators (Casey Affleck of AMERICAN PIE and Michelle Monaghan of KISS KISS BANG BANG) who are hired to find a kidnapped little girl in a case that turns out to be much more sordid than it even first appears.

Rich with authentic Beantown atmosphere and filled with great supporting performances from both unknowns and veterans like Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman, GONE BABY GONE hits all the right notes for a modern noir.

The Miramax disc offers a sterling 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a robust Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound track. Director Affleck and screenwriter Aaron Stockard provide an informative and involving audio commentary track. The behind-the-scenes featurettes focus primarily on the director’s choice to shoot in his hometown, and the effort made to ensure the verisimilitude of the project. There’s a handful of deleted scenes (with commentary) and a fascinating alternate ending.

GONE BABY GONE is a strong, effective film, and the DVD is highly recommended.

BUY: Gone Baby Gone