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In this slicker fol­low-up to Gone Baby Gone, Af­fleck di­rects him­self as the brains be­hind a crew of Bos­ton bank rob­bers who’s caught be­tween the life and the heat when he falls for a hostage (Hall) from his last job. Af­fleck is sim­i­larly strug­gling to rec­on­cile his own in­ter­ests (char­ac­ter por­traits, Bos­ton neigh­bour­hood de­tails) with the de­mands of the heist genre. It’d be a lot more sat­is­fy­ing if he’d al­lowed him­self to stretch out for three hours, as Michael Mann did in Heat. In­stead, the re­sult is an im­pec­ca­bly crafted but tonally wob­bly stu­dio pic­ture that’s at war with it­self from one scene to the next.

Jeremy Ren­ner and Jon Hamm do some fine work fill­ing out their stan­dard crazy-guy and FBI-guy parts, though.

Rebecca Hall and Ben Af­fleck go to Town.

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