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The Town

A 2010 movie directed by Ben Affleck.

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The Town

  • May 2, 2011
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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 awkward romantic storyline, this is still a very interesting and compelling crime heist movie.

The Town tells the story of Doug MacRay (Affleck) and James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), two lifelong friends who also happen to be bank robbers. They rob a bank and take one hostage, a bank manager named Claire (Rebecca Hall). Since she is unaware of his identity, Doug and Claire get into a relationship that screws up his bank robbing and his relationship with Coughlin. There's also some stuff about the interplay between the group and one final bank robbery at the end. The story is very compelling and at times very entertaining, but some stuff drags a bit and the pacing indeed was rather odd. However, that's only one problem with the movie. The only other problem with the movie was that the romantic storyline was kind of awkward at times and Affleck and Hall didn't really have much chemistry as a couple. However, the two problems were drowned out by the good stuff.

The film is perfectly tense, intelligently written, and also had great action scenes (though they were few and far between), but where the movie truly rises is on the shoulders of its perfectly capable actors. Affleck's performance was pretty good, and so was Jeremy Renner was also good too. The scene-stealing turn was definitely from Blake Lively though as Jeremy Renner's sister, and I am actually excited to see her branch out into other stuff.

If there were more than five slots for Best Supporting Actor, then Jeremy Renner would definitely deserve to be in there. However, since there are only five, I think that Andrew Garfield should have been nominated in Renner's place though, because he deserved it more. The other actors, like Rebecca Hall and the late Pete Postlethwaite were pretty good as well, ut nothing really spectacular. All in all, the movie had a great cast and they all were simply spectacular in their performances.

The action set pieces were very slick and almost had a bit of a Bond-ish feeling to them, despite The Town and James Bond having entirely different story structure. The characterization was also wonderful and showed the nuances and personalities of the characters and not just making them caricatures. The movie on a whole really wasn't that entertaining, and some parts were a bit hard to follow because the video I had acquired was not of great quality and the sound was kind of muddled. However, that's not the movie's fault, so i definitely won't be judging it for the poor sound.

All in all, The Town has earned my solid recommendation to anyone. Ben Affleck is certainly a great director, definitely better at it than he is at acting. Like the critics consensus says, the movie is tense, smartly written and wonderfully cast. I have never really been much of a fan of the heist genre, but this is definitely a fine entry into said genre and fans of heist movies will certainly like this. All in all, probably one of the best movies of last year, and a high recommendation, even though I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

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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 . April 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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
EXCELLENT MOVIE
      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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