When two young private detectives are hired to take a closer look into the mysterious disappearance of a little girl, they soon unravel a multitude of twists and turns where nothing is what it seems. Ultimately they must risk everything their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives in the search to find her. Morgan Freeman and Amy Ryan are electrifying, and Casey Affleck carries a beautifully understated intensity in this mesmerising, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.
Ben Affleck postponed the release of this film in light of the abduction of Madeline McCann in 2007. A sensitive and sensible decision. All the papers pointed out how closely the child actress resembled Madeline. The huge difference is that Madeline is still sadly missing. Sorry for the plot spoiler but the poster for the film shows the final scene with her on it on the couch so also a poster spoiler. Personally I think Casey is a considerably better actor than his brother and it must be gaulling to be directed by him. There will many who disagree.
Child abduction is not easy watching and some of it will sicken all but the most superficial viewer. Pretty much everything that Casey does however is sad beyond endurance. He is without doubt the best actor ever for profound emotion. The direction however is poor and does not do anything for the plot.