Charleston (Boston, USA) is the carjacking, kidnapping and bank robbery capital of the world. Home to blue collar workers, Irish immigrants and some of the most hunted criminals. Living in this neighborhood is Doug MacRay (Affleck) who is the genius behind an unstoppable bank robbery team. No stone is left unturned with this group and attention to detail is everything, leaving the FBI nothing to build criminal cases with.
A bank robbery and subsequent encounters with one of their robbery victims leave Doug MacRay questioning his own lifestyle, building a strong desire to give up his life of crime and settle down.
Ben Affleck has, to be fair, an extremely checkered past when it comes to big screen adventures. When faced with this review i seriously wondered if i would be entertained. To find out that Affleck was the director made my anxiety step up a few levels as well.
However this is one time i think i need to step up to the table and have a good ole helping of humble pie. This is not a bad DVD.
While Affleck is not going to win any Academy Awards for his portrayal as Doug MacRay, a career criminal with Irish ancestry, the movie will still go down as a great insight into the world that is Charleston. Each character is well put together and you can buy into a history that’s much deeper than words penned on a script.
There are some great tensions scenes, including a car chase scene with a Chrysler Voyager (!??!?) and a final gun battle worth renting alone.
If you loved the movie Heat, which a significant number of my friends would have, you will probably enjoy this. It is in no way on the same par as Heat, but certainly develops a similar story line and ultimately a very satisfying evening in.
Reviewed by: Skip Parker