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  • 1. Directed by Ben Affleck Produced by Ben AffleckSean BaileyAlan Ladd, Jr.Danton Rissner Screenplay by Ben AffleckAaron Stockard Based on Gone, Baby, Gone byDennis Lehane Starring Casey AffleckMichelle MonaghanMorgan FreemanEd Harris Amy Ryan John Ashton Music by Harry Gregson-Williams Cinematography John Toll Editing by William Goldenberg Studio The Ladd Company Distributed by Miramax Films Release date(s) October 19, 2007 Running time 1 14 minutes Country United States Language English Budget$ 19 million Box office $34,209,788

2. The first scene of GoneBaby Gone begins with maincharacter Patrick Kenziemusing, "Its the things youdont choose that make youwho you are."While this openingnarration argues that apersons family, nationality andeven neighborhood create aperson, its the silence at theend of the film that points towhat laterchanges a person:choice. 3. Its a simple final shota quiet moment ofKenzie watching TV on a couchbut it saysvolumes about the moral choice the Bostonprivate investigator just made. And incredibly, inour era of media loudly telling audiences how tothink, these volumes are left up to interpretation.Did he do the right thing? Would he do the sameagain? Is the film arguing he was wrong or right? 4. Director Ben Affleck says the climactic moraldilemmaand ambiguityis the very reason he choseto make this book adaptation the first movie he directed."I wanted a character who makes a choice that willchange the course of his life," Affleck told a screeningaudience. "And I didnt want to tip the scales with what Iwould have done or what I think of his choice. I wantedthe audiences to ask themselves the big questions." 5. Like other recent down-and-dirtyBoston crime dramas Gone BabyGone is a kind of modern slum noira twisty and ambiguous tale set in adark, profane world with no realblack and white, but lots of gray. Thef-bombs are constant. Mostcharacters are awkward, unattractiveand common. Drugs, sex andviolence are stocks in trade. And noone is a complete boy scout. But inall this ugly realness, the moraldilemmas that frame the second halfmake it more than an unflinchingdisplay of bloody darkness. Instead,its a redeeming and weightyexploration of justice, the cycle ofpoverty, and ends justifying theirmeans. 6. Based on the fourth book in a series by authorDennis Lehane the film follows Kenzie as he andhis investigative partner/lover Angela Gennaro arehired by a family to assist the police investigationof a missing four-year-old girl. Almost immediately,these private eyes prove helpful to the head of akids crimes police unit and two rough-and-tumblecops. 7. Because they areneighborhood natives, Kenzieand Gerraro are speciallyequipped to talk to residentswho wont talk to cops. Thatsaid, they work for justice in adark world. Early on, Kenziegives up his secret tobalancing morality with whatmust be done. He says heonce asked his priest how toget to heaven but still protectoneself and family. In reply,Kenzie says, his priest recitedMatthew 10:16: "I am sendingyou out like sheep amongwolves. Therefore be asshrewd as snakes and asinnocent as doves". Thisseems to be a missionstatement for the youngscrappy investigator. 8. Now, Kenzie is no Christian poster boy. Hes not perfect, andhes surely not living a consistent godly lifebut hes clearly a soulstruggling to balance faith with real life. He doesnt seem like a merenominal Christian who goes to church, but lives as he choosesinstead, the two Afflecks paint this character as a man with muchgoing on in his heart. Someones knocking there. Hes working outhis faith with fear and trembling. Hes guided by a moral compass.And he seems to be constantly processing advice and truthparlayed by his unseen priest and weighing it against the starklydifferent street justice all around him. He seems to be constantlytrying to figure out what "shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves"looks like. But can that really be achieved? 9. Now, Kenzie is no Christian poster boy. Hes not perfect, andhes surely not living a consistent godly lifebut hes clearly a soulstruggling to balance faith with real life. He doesnt seem like a merenominal Christian who goes to church, but lives as he choosesinstead, the two Afflecks paint this character as a man with muchgoing on in his heart. Someones knocking there. Hes working outhis faith with fear and trembling. Hes guided by a moral compass.And he seems to be constantly processing advice and truthparlayed by his unseen priest and weighing it against the starklydifferent street justice all around him. He seems to be constantlytrying to figure out what "shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves"looks like. But can that really be achieved?