I'm always puzzled when people criticize a movie for not having enough action when the film's genre is "drama". This is a movie about real people and their real life struggles in post World War II Toronto. Scott Speedman plays the role of Edwin "Eddie" Boyd extraordinarily well. He convincingly displays many emotions of a former soldier afflicted with PTSD who, like so many returning from war, are forever changed. While Boyd's choices were very inexcusable and extreme, his primary motive to better provide for his loving family was admirable. Sadly his horribly misguided path ultimately destroyed the relationship he once enjoyed with his adoring wife (played by Kelly Reilly) and two young children. Before it was over, all four of their hearts were broken.
This film offers a superbly told story about several other people in and around Boyd's life of crime. Each and every one of their stories also contains great loss and everything and everyone are, in some way, tied together through their choices and the consequences of those decisions. The character development is very good, and given the length of the film, quite thorough and in-depth. You really get a sense of who everyone is and what they're about.
The overarching dark theme and cold gray Canadian winter backdrop convey a sad, even depressing, tone that permeates every scene. It's definitely not a "feel good" film that provides uplifting entertainment. It's about a lot of things including two WWII veterans who lost their way, turned to violent crime, and in doing so, set themselves, their loved ones and many people they never knew or met on a tragic collusion course that brought three lives to a violent end.
Citizen Gangster is a skillfully executed film that unfortunately has been unfairly underrated. It deserves to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates solid work in the drama/true crime genre.