I hear that losing a child is something that parents fear above anything else. I don’t have children, so that’s not something I can fully grasp. But the loss of a part of yourself is one of the foundational fears of the human experience. This is a theme which is often picked up in literature and film. Now there is another movie out there dealing with the stress, loss, and moral dilemmas of having a child be gone.

Starting this February 12th, now available on DVD from Miramax Films is Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. Pick up this entertaining and one of a kind drama today!

Gone Baby Gone is the story of police officers and captains, private detectives, drug dealers, pedophiles, and children. A child goes missing and, in addition to the police who are on the case, private detectives are hired to find the lost girl. Evidence leads to a drug dealer having stolen her to get his stolen drug money back. But a transfer goes wrong and the dealer and the girl both end up dead. More evidence emerges after that, leading to a truly surprising ending.

The special features on this DVD presentation of Gone Baby Gone include a provocative extended ending, deleted scenes with optional commentary by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, a behind the scenes look at the film with Ben Affleck, optional audio commentary on the whole film, and a featurette looking at how they used casting in the film to create authenticity for the story.

This film was a surprising hit. I didn’t expect Ben Affleck to be a good director and I certainly did not expect Casey Affleck to be a good actor. He is, after all, famous simply by virtue of being the brother of Ben Affleck. Casey delivers a performance of such submersion into his character that I would go so far as to compare it to Daniel Day Lewis. As usual, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman turn in phenomenal performances. Michelle Monaghan was somewhat flat and disappointing, although that could partly be blamed on the lack of depth in her character. Gone Baby Gone is based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River. Gone not only lives up to Mystic, but also, in some ways, surpasses the golden standard set by the Clint Eastwood directed film.

Gone Baby Gone is surprisingly thrilling and suspenseful.

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