Ex-superstar actor, and now-superstar director, Ben Affleck’s debut feature, ‘Gone Baby Gone’, was a film I always found interesting, but never engaging.
For one, the strange televisual tone is problematic. The film draws some comparisons with HBO’s brilliant police drama, ‘The Wire’; it is dealing with police work in a similar part of the world (Boston and Baltimore) and some of the streets could have been ripped straight out of the first season of The Wire, with Affleck even going as far as shooting them in a similar way, with virtually useless transitional shots (often accompanied by a voiceover) showing ‘life on da street’, which just ended up disrupting the flow of the narrative. But, however hard the film tries, ‘Gone Baby Gone’ has nothing on ‘The Wire’. The depth of social commentary and psychological exploration dealt with in ‘The Wire’ is replaced with cardboard cut-out characters and a rushed moral message.