This 2007 film with Ben Affleck directing was an unexpected pleasure. It’s a gritty story with the many twists and turns I expected from the writer who gave us Mystic River. But this one had a different flavour: I found it very real. Complex people making intricate choices that impact lives. Like real life.
Ben’s brother, Casey, convincingly plays Patrick Kenzie a private investigator who finds people lost in the cracks of Boston. Michelle Monaghan is great as Angie Gennaro, his partner, who is idealistic. Morgan Freeman’s character, Jack Doyle, is not a corrupt police captain but he is willing to bend rules here and there. And Ed Harris is inspired as officer Remy Bressant.
An important film that doesn’t leave you with the cloying taste of Hollywood. This was not an easy movie to watch and it’s definitely not for the kids. I was very impressed with it and recommend it.
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