Solid, really damn solid. Without a doubt, this film will divide audiences. Not in terms of if it's good or bad, but in the moral decisions of the characters. My only huge gripe was it's too-eager narration, wanting to show you the twist without any build up. More control in that aspect would up it's arbitrary star rating up to a 4. Also, I realize saying that there's a twist is a spoiler in itself so my apologies.
It’s great when someone says the title of the film in the dialogue. Best thing about watching films, probably. Casey Affleck is good, as is the portrayal of the mother. Entertaining and thought provoking. Echo the criticism that the twist isn’t really teased or drawn out enough with hints, it just happens with no build up. 3.5*
A good effort from both Affleck brothers, and overall a well-executed, gritty (sort-of) procedural following a seemingly heinous crime in a blue collar Boston neighbourhood. Slick and almost documentary-like camera work, good performances, good pace, and enough crime and mystery to keep you interested. Main criticism here is the lack of real clues and hints, the crime is just solved in front of you all of a sudden.
I've never was a particular fan of Ben Affleck but I have to admit, his first direction is awesome. Of course it has a lot to do with the Dennis Lehanes book but still, considering that this was Afflecks first work, I have to give it 5 just out of my prejudices which I hold against him before I saw this flick. The actual film has a brilliant atmosphere with a real sense of plausibility.
This is an amazing movie. It took me 2 viewings to come to this conclusion but it has fast become one of my favourite movies from the past few years. Both Affleck brothers turn in fantastic work. Zero sugar coating to be found, as gritty as they come and morally challenging. A really great piece of work.