Review: Joe Raffa’s ‘Downeast’

On paper, Joe Raffa's Downeast seems like a typical New England crime film about mobsters and well-meaning locals. The dialogue includes all the usual slang that one might expect from a regional genre film ("pops," "townie," etc.), and there's even the archetypal Comic Relief Local With a Heavy Accent, a la Casey Affleck's Morgan O'Mally from Good Will Hunting or Mark Wahlberg's Sean Dignam from The Departed. But even though Downeast suffers from thinly-written supporting characters, the lead performances keep the film above water. Downeast stars Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Tommy, a fisherman from Long Island, Maine who works on the Wild Irish Rose. When cocaine bricks show up in a lobster trap, his a
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