ooft, what went wrong? Ben Affleck the director can't salvage the plodding, meandering script he's been served up by Ben Affleck the scriptwriter, and can't compensate for it by rousing a sufficiently exciting performance out of Ben Affleck the actor.
There are so many unnecessary subplots here. I guess Affleck set out to make his gangster epic but aside from the KKK section, none of the threads or characters are interesting enough for it to pay off. What we're left with is a series of meetings, a smattering of briefly really good scenes, but overall a disappointing sense of what might have been.