Ben Affleck is building a solid reputation as a filmmaker, and he scores on both sides of the camera as star, director and co-writer of this totally engrossing crime drama.
He plays a Boston robbery-gang member who becomes involved with one of his past victims ( Rebecca Hall) - who doesn't realize he was in on the heist - while an FBI man ( Jon Hamm, "Mad Men") closes in on the thieves. Jeremy Renner ( "The Hurt Locker") is a cast standout as a hair-trigger-tempered accomplice; Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") and Chris Cooper also are featured. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Affleck. **** (R and unrated versions: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times