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Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr

Director: John Hillcoat

Dark, doomy, but definitely routine crime thriller, in which five cops/ex-cops pull off a precision raid, making off with a stash of money but also, and most importantly, with a box wanted by the Russian Jewish Mafia (improbably headed by an almost unrecognisable Winslet).

The robbers also seem to be masterminded by an unknown man, but one of their number (Reedus) is killed by the Russians, to (does this make sense?) persuade the gang to do a second job which will complete their assignment.

Enter Chris (Affleck), a newcomer to the cops' precinct, who's partnered with one of the gang (Mackie) on patrol. The film then segues off into something else altogether, which has only the flimsiest of connections with the main plot.

The participants then proceed, as they do in these crime mellers, to die one by one, although you would have thought it to everyone's advantage if they'd stayed alive. Then, though, the story might have run all night.

Performances are pretty perfunctory, and Winslet's Russian accent decidedly dodgy: exactly what she is doing in this only she and her agent know. Lots of gun action, though, as well as drug use and strip-club nudity, traditional elements of American blue-collar thrillers like this one.

David Quinlan

USA 2015. UK Distributor: entertainmentOne. Technicolor.
112 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 2, Swearing 2.

Review date: 15 Feb 2016