March 28, 2010

Gone, Baby, Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Boston: A private investigator is enlisted to find a little girl who's been abducted in his old neighborhood.

HOW IT IS: In his directorial debut, Ben Affleck borrows from many of the great living directors, from Eastwood to Van Sant. Most notable is the latter's influence within the cinema vérité shots. A Bostonian himself, Affleck's neighborhood seems lived-in, as if these characters have always existed peripherally to each other. The screenplay helps in that regard, although it could have used a little work plot-wise. Gone Baby Gone is an interesting but predictable thriller which shows promise for its young director but, as yet, no definitive style.

IF YOU LIKED: Mystic River, The Yards.