Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck's first feature film is an exceptional Boston-set mystery thriller that I'm not sure how I've managed to miss until now. What a complete rollercoaster of a film; a narrative that takes you in one direction only to suddenly lurch in another, and then another, then another, until the revelatory ending with a humdingerof a moral conundrum for the characters and the audience. I found myself genuinely torn and am still not sure what I'd have done in the protagonist's shoes.
The cast are just as impressive as the story; Casey Affleck proves again to be as adept in front of the camera as his brother is behind it; Michelle Monaghan is superb as his conscionable wife; and Amy Ryan is impressively authentic as the questionable mother; heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris add even further gravitas (especially the latter); in fact all of them are on point (including the ever reliable Titus Welliver). The rougher district of Boston in which this is set is a character in itself; with its suburban squalor, rough bars and rougher folks.
Superior perhaps even to his later efforts; the excellent The Town and Argo.