Film Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Affleck Directs and Stars in Latest Beantown Crime Saga
This go-round, he also stars as Doug MacRay, a career criminal hailing from
In fact, he’s about to hatch a heist in nearby
However, Claire’s momentary hesitation to dial the combination provides enough of a distraction to give one of her colleagues an opportunity to trigger an alarm. Realizing that the cops are en route, the four impulsively agree to drag her as a hostage into the getaway vehicle. To make sure she won’t cooperate with the cops, they take her driver’s license before releasing her on the street.
As it turns out, she’s from
Clueless Claire has no idea that gentlemanly Doug is the dude who had recently abducted her, so she unwittingly allows herself to be swept off her feet before proceeding to fall passionately in love with the protective hunk. This development doesn’t sit well with her sweetheart’s homeys who know that the authorities are probably carefully monitoring her every movement.
Meanwhile, the noose gradually starts to tighten around Doug’s neck due to the omnipresence of a team of nosey FBI agents led by Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm). To make matters worse, although he’d prefer to keep a low profile, Doug starts to feel intense pressure to mastermind an armored car robbery from the local mob boss (Pete Postlethwaite) to whom he is indebted.
As you might guess, especially if you’ve seen a few of these high body-count sagas set in
A riveting, immorality play establishing Ben Affleck as a director to be reckoned with.
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for sexuality, drug use, graphic violence and pervasive profanity.
Running time: 123 Minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers