Eric Dane and Natalie Zea co-star alongside Amy Madigan in John Shea’s Massachusetts-set cop thriller.
Nearly 20 years after directing his debut feature, Southie, veteran actor John Shea (Agent X, An Invisible Sign) steps behind the camera again. Once more focusing on the insidious influence of Boston’s criminal underworld, Shea assembles many of the requisite elements of a contemporary crime drama, but orchestrates them so chaotically that audiences may be put off by the film’s unwelcome onslaught of stale genre techniques.
Shea knows well enough to lead off with an action sequence, as Boston police detective James Doyle (Eric Dane) responds to a 911 call reporting a hostage situation. Along with his partner (and girlfriend) Maggie (Rebecca Gayheart), he discovers too late that they’ve been set up and drawn into an ambush. Although he barely manages to escape, unknown assailants cold-bloodedly assassinate Maggie before vanishing without a trace. Her murder follows the recent unsolved death of Doyle’s sister, mysteriously killed by a hit-and-run driver. Suspended from the police force following these twin tragedies while he’s investigated for negligence, Doyle tracks a lead gleaned from Maggie’s dying words to Nantucket Island to pursue his inquiry.
Local officer Johnson (Adrian Lester) and police chief Maguire (Shea) are none too happy to have Doyle poking around their little precinct, however. Since it’s the inclement off-season, when residents are fond of referring to the island as the “Grey Lady,” Doyle just stands out all the more. Concluding that he’s determined to go his own way regardless of the consequences, Johnson offers Doyle some low-key assistance, if only to keep a closer eye on the renegade Boston cop.
Doyle’s search gradually zeroes in a local woman who he suspects may be connected to the disappearance of his Aunt Lola (Amy Madigan) and the deaths of his sister and Maggie. Although the Nantucket cops insist that Lola is long gone from the island and urge him to drop his investigation, the murder of a well-known local resident only lends more urgency to the case.