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The Town

A 2010 movie directed by Ben Affleck.

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Ben Affleck, fairly good actor to great director. Can anyone say Clint Eastwood?

  • Apr 13, 2011
A neighborhood in Boston called Charlestown is well known because it has the most number of armed robbers in the U.S. Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan (Slaine), and Desmond Elden (Owen Burke) are all robbers living in this neighborhood. Doug and James are like brothers to each other, as the Coughlin family basically took Doug in since his mother died when he was young. The four together are very succesful bank robbers; however, one bank robbery they have to take Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage. After letting her go freely and unharmed, one day Doug and Claire meet, and a relationship begins to develope with Claire not really knowing Doug's past. Doug begins to want to leave Charlestown and go off with Claire, but in this neighborhood it isn't that simple. Doug now must do everything he can to escape the Charlestown fate of life in prison, or death.

To start it off The Town was one of my favorite movies of 2010, and even as acclaimed as it was, I think it is underrated. If it were me making the decisions, I would give it a best picture nod, but maybe that's just me. We first saw Ben Aflleck's directing ability in Gone Baby Gone, which I absolutely loved, 80%. And for this reason I was a bit worried about The Town, very excited still, but I wasn't sure if he could pull off two excellent movies in a row. But oh how he did. In fact, I liked The Town even more than I liked Gone Baby Gone. I have always felt that Ben Affleck was a little weak on the acting talent, especially after he teamed up with Matt Damon to write Good Will Hunting, which made me think his strongest point was screenwriting. But after two excellent films in a row from the directing chair, Ben Affleck is the new really good director we have today, and I am very excited to see what films will come from him.

The Town was a very well-written film with a fantastic script. It really takes the audience into the lifestyle of the famous bank robberies of Charlestown, which is actually a very sad one. The opening scene is a bank robbery involving our main characters, and from there we begin to learn more and more about these people's lives. I found the character developement to be very good, though I thought the relationship between Doug and Claire was a little undeveloped, making it where we didn't care all too much about what happened to them. But other than that it was good. The direction by Ben Affleck was also very good, actually one of my favorite parts of the film. It was very similar to Gone Baby Gone. The action scenes were fairly limited, but I thought they were shot very well, and the whole film was just extremely realistic.

As I have already mentioned, I personally feel that Ben Affleck is not the most talented of actors. He is not all bad, but he has seriously struggled in the past, especially with Pearl Harbor. However, in this film I thought he was very good. Some may disagree, but the accent was good, and in my opinion one of his best performances. I could really feel for his character, and that was partly due to his performance. Of course it was not Oscar worthy, but he did plenty good for the part he was playing. The whole film was actually very well cast. Jeremy Renner achieved nothing short of excellence in his role as Doug's best friend in the film. He definitely deserved the honor he was just given of being nominated best supporting actor. Jon Hamm was great as well, I really enjoyed his performance. And surprisingly enough Rebecca Hall was very good. I first saw her in The Prestige, and although I absolutely loved that film, I personally didn't care much for her in it. But in The Town she was good, and she played her part well.

Overall, The Town was one of my favorite films of 2010. Having Ben Affleck being in the directing chair again, it was actually a film I was very, very excited about. After Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and now The Town, Ben Affleck has not only proved to me how great of a screenwriter he is, but how great he is at directing films. I could not be more excited to see what comes from him in the future. The casting was brilliant, everyone acted well, maybe not all Oscar Worthy, but all very good. The musical score was absolutely beautiful as well. The Town is a film with a great story, and is one of the best of 2010 in my opinion. A job well done by Ben Affleck.



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April 15, 2011
I loved this film and I have been following Renner since his first film, I really loved his performance in "Dahmer". Excellent review.
April 13, 2011
Disagree, for the most part. The movie is a stock compilation of plots, events, and characters that have all been done before and, quite probably, done better elsewhere. I think it's an effective mix; I just don't think it's all that good and/or notable. If THE TOWN truly is the bank robbery capital of America, then I have to think that there would be some better and/or more interesting stories to be told out there with some genuinely original characters.
April 13, 2011
You know, Matt. I liked this movie myself, I know this is probably the most argued movie to date, I know the plot is cliched, but there was just something about the direction that made it good. It also helps when the film is well-acted. Nice review!
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review by . September 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good Direction and Characters 'MAKE
Ok….last time I saw Ben Affleck on camera was when I saw the romantic drama “He’s Just Not That Into You” but my memory is forever tainted with memories of him playing opposite J-Lo in the movie “Gigli“ (which I haven‘t seen up to this day). I was never “pro-Affleck” nor was I an “anti-Affleck”; however, I do know that he has some storytelling skills as he co-wrote “Good Will Hunting” and despite several plot missteps …
review by . December 28, 2010
Let's get one thing out of the way, lest I upset the Affleck fanboys: The Town is not a good movie. And not just because the trailer looked interesting but completely misled the audience. I'm glad they gave Victor Garber a job, even briefly, since he'd probably be behind on his rent otherwise (and we know from Pretty Woman what happens then).   In case you don't know, it's about a bank robber doing "one last job" as a romance develops with a woman - previously …
review by . January 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Boo to Affleck!
The story is about robbers and robberies in Charlestown. The premise that the story is based on is not a healthy one; at least for me it is not.       Now, if I had been robbed and saw with my own eyes my colleague being hit in the head (and possibly died from it too) and then to be taken as a hostage, I'd have undergone an experience where I need to see my psychiatrist with immediate effect!            And yet, 4 days later, Claire …
review by . November 09, 2010
With GONE, BABY, GONE, Ben Affleck announced himself as a very capable director. It was a riveting film (even if it had some rather melodramatic turns…more the fault of author Dennis Lehane), and showed an excellent feel for working with actors. With THE TOWN, Affleck has stepped up his game another notch.    Very little that's truly new happens in THE TOWN. It tells the story of a small band of bank robbers, the cop who seeks them, and how the leader of the gang wants to get …
review by . December 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
When Ben Affleck's acting career began to go down the toilet he found a new calling when he directed Gone Baby Gone.  Directing.  If there was one thing we all discovered about Ben Affleck, it was that he was a competent director who knows what he's doing.  The Town shows that there are times when he can be rather meticulous.  The Town is a good movie in many respects, mostly because it focuses on characters more so than anything else.  That's also one o the …
review by . May 02, 2011
I so badly wanted to love this movie, but all I did was like it. I was also kind of wary because I know the history Ben Affleck has with movies (especially with his amount of razzie nominations) and I wasn't even aware of the existence of Gone Baby Gone until this movie was released. The Town definitely shows that what Ben Affleck doesn't know about acting, he certainly knows about directing, and this proves that Ben is a director to be reckoned with. Despite odd and slow pacing and a somewhat …
review by . December 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
2 1/2 Stars: this is not the town for me
Ben Affleck has never had it easy in Hollywood  he has had one of the roughest  careers of any actor I know and yet even tough times have been rough for him he always finds some way to bounce back  into the  limelight  and restore his image. In 2006 Affleck revived his fledgling career  with a Golden Globe nominated turn in Allen Coulter’s directorial debut "Hollywoodland"(2006) which had Affleck playing a washed up actor  named George Reeves(the …
review by . April 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
When looking for a good heist film I also try to look for something that will either have me on the edge of my seat or something strong actors that the characters keep me entertained.  The Town is a film that gives you a handful of shining moments with it's characters and just enough suspense and action to keep you from walking out of the theater.      I will admit that the film does achieve it's goal of entertaining an audience, because I truly was entertained.  …
review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      THE TOWN      When this film was first released I was all kinds of excited since I am a huge Jeremy Renner and a Ben Affleck fan as well. Add in that not only do I like those two as actors but I thought Affleck's first film "Gone Baby Gone" was great. So needless to say that we [my little group of friends and such] really wanted to see this movie and were excited about it. Of course we loved it but I must say that this DVD/Blu-Ray combo …
review by . October 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: cinematography, scenery of Boston, accents     Cons: unlikable characters, unrealistic     The Bottom Line: Ben Affleck will never live like common people.     I’m not opposed to rooting for the bad guy. Really, I’m not! There have been some very likable villains in the great history of cinema. Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is simply not one of them.     MacRay and his buddies are bank robbers from Charlestown, …
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The Town is a 2010 action crime thriller film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck that is based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010 to rave reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a "Certified Fresh" rating with 94% positive critical reviews.

The motion picture is one of a number of films set in Boston, Massachusetts over the past decade that have formed a "sub-genre" of crime movies, including Affleck's own Gone Baby Gone.

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Director: Ben Affleck
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Affleck, Peter Craig
Runtime: 123 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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