I’m about to ruin the amazingly surprising ending of Gone Baby Gone. If you haven’t seen it yet and you plan on it, I’d encourage you to go read something else. It’s a very bleak movie. Especially if you have trouble watching and thinking about abused, endangered, and murdered children. So spare yourself if your sensetive.
It’s also quite amazing. And theologically important.
The main character quotes scripture and mentions his priest’s words in a positve light. And he is this incredibly moral character in his own way.
He swears. He shoots at people. I don’t think that they clarify whether the women he lives with and sleeps with is his girl friend or his wife.
Yet… (This is probably going to annoy some people) he’s a better Christian than just about any figure I can think of in a movie, ever.
The movie centers around a little girl who appears to be abducted by a drug dealer. The mom is established as a horrible person. It eventually becomes clear that she was actually kidnapped by the character played by Morgan Freeman. He’s established as a brave, kind figure. A perfect dad.
Nearly everyone in the movie is quite happy with this arrangement. Except the main character. He gets it that it’s wrong. No matter how good the outcome is. Despite the outrage of basically everyone, the main character blows the whistle. He returns the little girl to his rightful mother. Brilliantly, the movie doesn’t give us much reason to think she’s changer her ways. She’s still drinking and spiteful and more interested in going out than taking care of her daughter.
The main character loses his significant other. He seems to know that there are all kinds of ways the life that the Morgan Freeman character offers her is the better life. But this doesn’t make it right.
And so I find myself wondering:
Would I have the courage to do the right thing in his place? If I knew the little girl’s life would be better if I do the wrong thing? If I knew the Morgan Freeman character would go to jail? If I knew that my life would leave me?
What about you? What would you do?