Gone Baby Gone Essay

1791 words - 8 pages

Ariana Di Ventura
Mrs. Rossi
Section 114-5
April 28,2014

Gone Baby Gone

The Principle of Utility can simply be stated as, actions are right in proportion to how much they promote happiness, and wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. In other words the theory is that it determines the rightness or wrongness of an action by its consequences, by the happiness or unhappiness it produces. The more people the outcome makes happy the better or rightness an action is regardless of the actions that took place to achieve this happiness. Capt. Jack Doyel, would play the part of the Utilitarian aspect of the movie. When Capt. Jack Doyel says "Thought you would've done ...view middle of the document...

For a person who uses the Kantian theory, they believe that the only pure good is human reason without any regard to the consequences. This human reason as discussed by Kant should be without influence of emotions or desires. Patrick Kenzie was the Kantian aspect of the movie and you see this when he replies to Capt. Jack Doyel and says "You know what? Maybe that'll happen. And if it does, I'll tell them I'm sorry and I'll live with it. But what's never gonna happen and what I'm not gonna do is have to apologize to a grown woman who comes to me and says: "I was kidnapped when I was a little girl, and my aunt hired you to find me. And you did, you found me with some strange family. But you broke your promise and you left me there. Why? Why didn't you bring me home? Because all the snacks and the outfits and the family trips don't matter. They stole me. It wasn't my family and you knew about it and you knew better and you did nothing". And maybe that grown woman will forgive me, but I'll never forgive myself." Pat doesn't care the Amanda will be well cared for and have a great life he just cares that its the wrong thing to leave her there when her mother asked him to bring her home. He can't live with the consequence of her finally being safe because the action that got her there is wrong.
In the begging of this movie Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are reluctant to take the case because they do not like taking cases about missing children. Angie didn't want to end up finding a dead child.
"Angie Gennaro: We have a good life, right?
Patrick Kenzie: Is that a trick question?
Angie Gennaro: I don't wanna find their little kid in a dumpster.
Patrick Kenzie:Maybe she's not in a dumpster, babe.
Angie Gennaro: I don't wanna find a little kid after they've been abused for three
days.
Patrick Kenzie: Hon, nobody does."
The fear of finding Amanda beaten, starved, or even possibly dead scared the two but they finally took the case because they realized know one was doing anything to find her. They wanted to bring her home and when Mrs. Beatrice McCready said "Do you see this picture, this is a child and she's missing." that is when it hit them that they need to take this case.
Some evidence that showed that Amanda could possibly have been killed is when they were at the quarry trying to do the swap between Amanda and Cheese's money. When something heavy hit the water and they found Amanda's doll "Mirabelle" my heart dropped and I truly believed that there was a possibility that she had been killed. I wasn't thinking about there being such a big plot twist where the uncle and the chef of police would be involved in such an evil crime. Then the movie continued and I had no idea where they were going with the plot line until the very end when everything came together.
The complications that arose because the investigation was in Patrick's home town of Dorchester was...

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