(This review may contain spoilers).
When I originally saw this movie advertised, I wasn’t initially planning to see it. The more I saw it advertised, though, the more intrigued I was by the storyline and interested to see how the movie would handle someone who was autistic.
I thought Ben Affleck did a really good job in the role. While he played a character who was emotionally disconnected from other people, I found it really easy to empathise with Christian; and it was good to see the contrast between him as a child and how he dealt with his reality as an adult.
Although I could, in some ways, understand why his father parented the way he had, I developed a strong dislike for the father by the end of the movie.
It was good to get something of an insight into the way Christian’s mind worked, though I would have liked to see more of his relationship with his brother. It was good to see him interacting with the woman on the phone and I did like seeing him and Dana learning about each other. However, I found it really hard to believe the almost-kiss. I felt the emotion wasn’t really there and that it was just included because every movie now has to contain some kind of romance.
I did like the fact there were two storylines running alongside each other and it was good to see how the two plots converged and to learn about the different characters’ connections to each other.
There was a lot of good action in this movie, in particular towards the end. I did like how I had the opportunity to learn about Christian’s past as the movie went on. I did figure out one of the twists, but I found the explanation as to what was going on a bit difficult to understand.
I did find Brax to be an intriguing character, but I wasn’t sure I really liked him, even though I would have liked to see a bit more about him.
I did find this movie a really engaging one to watch and it was one I wouldn’t mind seeing again in the future.