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.