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post #1 of 14
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I just saw the movie Gone, baby, gone. It was directed by Ben Affleck and starred Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. I must say the movie was disturbing, and I haven't figured out what I would do in the situation if I faced a similar choice.

The scenerio is as follows, Casey Afflecks character was hired to help find a kidnapped 4 year old. The child's mother is a crackhead and a drug runner, who lives in a very bad part of town. She loves her child, but due to her addictions, is often neglectful and has taken her child on drug runs. After many twists and turns, Affleck's character discovers that the child, while kidnapped, is now with a loving family. One that protects her and provides for her. With this family, she'll never know want or need for anything.

Would you report the fact that you have found the child, so she can be reunited with her lawful, yet neglectful mother (who at this point has been told her child is dead). Or would you leave her with the family that can take care of her and lover as every child deserves to be loved.

What would you do?

By the way - I would reccommend this movie. While disturbing, it was excellent.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452623/
post #2 of 14
I saw it, and to be very honest I have no idea why he decided to call the police in the end. He'd already killed a child molester in the home of a cop killer, so you'd think the moral choice of of having a little girl live in a better place would be a no brainier for him.

I honestly can't say what I'd do; I've been mulling this one over for almost a week.
post #3 of 14
I haven't seen the movie, so based on just what I've read in this thread:

If the biological mother was truly neglecting the baby, the right thing to do would be get the authorities involved who could legally take her from her mother. She could them be legally adopted by someone who could take care of her. The family that kidnapped her runs the risk of being found out at some time in the future and having the child taken from them. If this were to happen some years down the road think of the trauma to the child. It might be more difficult to do it legally but it would be better for all involved. If, after trying it the legal way, the child was returned to the mother then and only then they might try illegal alternatives for the sake of the child but they should be ready to suffer the consequences.
post #4 of 14
Don't even have to think about it. I would leave the child where she is and say a prayer of thanks that one child made it out of a horrible life.

No dilemma whatsoever.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
I saw it, and to be very honest I have no idea why he decided to call the police in the end. He'd already killed a child molester in the home of a cop killer, so you'd think the moral choice of of having a little girl live in a better place would be a no brainier for him.

I honestly can't say what I'd do; I've been mulling this one over for almost a week.

I can't decide either. In that final scene with Affleck and Freeman, they both present good arguments for each side.

I guess he felt he had to keep his promise to the mom. But in doing what he did, he lost the woman that he loved as well. He must have a very strong sense of doing what is right, or just a very strong sense of payback for being duped in the 1st place.
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Don't even have to think about it. I would leave the child where she is and say a prayer of thanks that one child made it out of a horrible life.

No dilemma whatsoever.
I feel the same way. The most important interest is that of the child, and the wellbeing of children should come first and foremost.
post #7 of 14
I watched the movie and I can't believe he called the police. I watched that scene and said that out loud to my boyfriend. The child was in no danger with the other family, while she could've been in danger with her mother. Her mother was a druggie who brought her along on drug runs. IMO she deserves to have her child taken away.
post #8 of 14
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If the biological mother was truly neglecting the baby, the right thing to do would be get the authorities involved who could legally take her from her mother. She could them be legally adopted by someone who could take care of her.
I haven't seen the movie (definitely on my list now!) but, the problem is she probably WOULDN'T be adopted by a family, she probably would be put into the system and shuffled from foster home to foster home until she was 18 and then would be forced out into the world alone with no support what so ever.

IMO, it would have been better to leave her with a family that loved her and treasured her.
post #9 of 14
I haven't seen the movie yet.

Based on the scenerio though, I wouldn't keep my mouth shut. If the neglectful mother hired one person to find her daughter, she would continue to hire more people to find her daughter.

Morally I would approach the loving family, tell the situation, get the rightful government people involved, hand back the money to the neglectful mom and testify against her for legal adoption.

However if Private Investigating where my job I could ruin my credibility for future clients if I allowed this to continue. So I would make the phone call and return the baby. The guy is thinking of his business.
post #10 of 14
just a suggestion, next time can you put a spoiler warning up? i havent seen the movie yet and feel like it was ruined for me.
post #11 of 14
It's so funny that you just posted this; Jess and I rented it and watched it last night. My feeling was that he called the police in the end because he felt guilty for killing the pedophile and was somehow trying to "make it right." You could see his moral anguish over what he'd done, and I think he was somehow atoning, by doing the "right"/legal thing...?

Whatever the case, I think he should have left her where she was. It was in her best interests to stay, and IMO, the child's best interests always come first. Obviously, her mother didn't learn anything from losing her, and in the end, it was the little girl who lost the most.
post #12 of 14
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just a suggestion, next time can you put a spoiler warning up? i havent seen the movie yet and feel like it was ruined for me.
It's not. The movie over all is really good even if you know the ending.
post #13 of 14
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just a suggestion, next time can you put a spoiler warning up? i havent seen the movie yet and feel like it was ruined for me.

I am sorry.

Truly, the story on how it gets to the end is better then the ending and well worth watching.
post #14 of 14
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I am sorry.

Truly, the story on how it gets to the end is better then the ending and well worth watching.
tis ok, not mad, just a suggestion for future reference
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