Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage--bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name... and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug....not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous, and potentially deadly, path.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived.Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, 09.17.2010
As a director, Affleck now has two home runs in two at-bats. This is one of the best movies of the year.Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 09.21.2010
Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu.Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 09.24.2010
Essential viewing for connoisseurs of dropped r's, close-cropped hair and aerial views of the city that used to call itself the hub of the universe.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 09.17.2010