Director Gavin O'Connor is more than competent, and developing as a director. His future work ought to be intriguing. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque writes well, but it is a pity he didn't realise that so many flashbacks and sub-plots would make the plot difficult to follow for many people. The occasional flashback to illustrate a character's childhood is acceptable, but too many can be distracting. Sub-plots are all very well, but in a story-line already carrying more than one message, a little like overkill. Perhaps Richard Pearson could have done more with the editing.
Ben Affleck, as Christian Wolff the autistic accountant, is fantastic, as we would expect. This part gives him an opportunity to show his ability as an actor. His portrayal of the character added greatly to the film, and is one that will be unforgettable. It brings to mind the Oscars. Will this film be part of the lineup? Will Affleck be given a nomination for Best Actor? The rest of the cast is excellent; the cinematography by Seamus McGarvey is interesting; and the music by Mark Isham is totally appropriate and never intrudes.
Altogether, an entertaining movie, and one I and my friends enjoyed. There is talk of a sequel!