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Plot: The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include… Runtime: 125 min Release Date: 24 Sep 2010
An exceptionally thrilling, well made crime drama that really works. (by shanpanjwani)
I got a chance to see this film at a free screening earlier tonight, and all I could say was, nothing. My mind was sufficiently blown away, and mixed emotions coursed through my body. This film honestly lived up to its hype, a feat so few films have achieved recently besides Avatar and Inception. As we all know, the plot revolves around Doug MacRay Affleck , the ringleader of a group of bank robbers. In the first scene of the film, he and his men rob a bank, and kidnap the bank manager Claire Hall . They let her go free, but she remains traumatized from that moment on, with her only clue as <more>
to the identity of her kidnappers being a tattoo behind James Coughlin's Renner neck. She is visibly shaken when inquired by Special Agent Adam Frawley Hamm , and ultimately breaks down in front of Macray at the laundromat, where he comforts her, while falling for her as time goes on. Ultimately, the plot thickens, as MacRay goes through his tumultuous relationships with Coughlin and his sister Lively , his own father, and Claire, while continuing heists and evading agent Frawley. It is a rather well developed plot, albeit not completely original, but that is far from the movie's shining points. First off, the main characters are very well developed. Renner does a great job as Affleck's best friend and second in command. He reflects his role as flawlessly as any actor can. Rebecca Hall displays a fine performance, showing us yet again how great an actress she can be. Affleck, who has been trashed by many over the years, had been slowly regaining a good reputation amongst the masses, receiving good reviews for his performances as a supporting actor in Extract and State of play. As the main character in The Town, he has managed to show us that his acting and directing skills have not diminished much from the time he gifted us with Good Will Hunting. Even Blake Lively delivers a mature performance, proving that she has indeed fruited into a good actress since her days in Gossip Girl. The best performance, however, was from none other than Mr Don Draper himself, John Hamm. He proves to us that his acting is better than just television-worthy. His luring charisma and brutally honest dialogue is good enough to get him an Oscar nod for sure, and may likely do for him and Mad Men what 40-Year Old Virgin did for Steve Carrell and The Office: Get a great show the audience it truly deserves, and turn the actor into a Hollywood star. There are two non-graphic sex scenes one involving Hall and Affleck, the with Lively and Affleck , and only three heist scenes the opening bank scene, the hilarious and action packed heist involving the nun masks seen in trailers, and the concluding Fenway Park heist . The action scenes are few and limited, but are all great, especially the one at Fenway park. However, the heist scenes, as well as other violent scenes, regardless of their great impact and sheer brilliance, come remotely close to the brutality of the masterful dialogue of this gem of a film. Each main character gets their own fair share, but the two that stab our hearts with the most powerful thrusts are the ones from Peter Postlethwaite, who plays Affleck's boss, and Chris Cooper in his lone scene in jail as Affleck's father. Both have to do with the way his mother "left" him. Though I have already spoiled many aspects of the film, I cannot spoil those two dialogue sequences. They are both equally cringe-inducing and tear jerking, and you'll easily be able to identify them, not only through your ears, but by the pain your heart goes through. The dialogue is like a SAW trap: It is a hammer that will pound you relentlessly until your are as close to keeling over as possible. The film may sound very grim, which it is, but there is loads of humor in it, too. Most of it is dark and unexpected, due to the irony of the situations, such as some of Hamm and Lively's confrontations, Affleck's conversation with Hall at the laundromat about her kidnappers, the scene where Affleck and Renner talk about Hall, and when they beat up her tormentors and their brief dialogue before that. The funniest moment was by far and away the moment where the robbers, dressed in nun masks, are seen changing and driving by a police officer after the robbery, when he stares at them and does nothing. It should be noted that this film isn't for minors, due to its heavy use of the f-word, amongst other things. It isn't the love story that most have rendered it to be. The romance is yet another subplot to the drama and thrills this movie induces amongst its viewers. This film can definitely clinch at least a few Oscar noms for screenplay, writing, supporting actor, director, film, and should win for screenplay, due to the sharp dialogue which wickedly cuts into you, seeps into you, and rips you to shreds. A perfect film. 10/10 For those of you who want to write your own review for the film, here are a few suggested summaries:Exceptional; Affleck's Redemption; the best film of the year.
Synopsis Doug MacRay Ben Affleck was born and raised in Charlestown, a blue-collar neighborhood in Boston, where crime is a part of life. Charlestown is the world's capital for carjacking, kidnappings, and armed robberies. The tricks of the criminal trade are passed down from father to son. Doug is the brains and ruthless leader of a gang of bank robbers who have been able to get out clean after each bank robbery. But Doug knows that his luck will not last forever, and he is looking for one last big heist that will give him the chance to leave the town in his rear-view mirror. But no <more>
one will let him, especially, his right-hand man Jeremy James Coughlin ; because he believes that it would be a personal betrayal to him, and he is not going to allow that. In a recent bank job, Doug forced the bank manager Claire Rebecca Hall to open the safe, and then took her hostage as leverage for the getaway, eventually setting her free unharmed. Doug knows that he should leave Claire alone, but she only lives four blocks from him, and he can handle it, but he begins to fall for her. Their romantic involvement is about to take them down a perilous path. My Comment Ben Affleck, who directed and co-wrote the movie, was also the lead actor in "The Town." The story traces the exploits of 4 Irish bank robbers in Boston who symbolize the criminal working class growing up in Charlestown. The three main characters of Doug, Jeremy/Gem, and Claire were interesting and developed so well that the audience is drawn in and can understand their plight. Even though Doug Ben Affleck is a criminal you can still root for him to succeed. The performance of Rebecca Hall as Claire was outstanding, because she was able to make you feel her anguish and torment after the bank robbery. James Coughlin as Gem portrays a bank robber who is out of control, and you know that by the end of the movie, he is the one who will eventually get them caught. The action packed heist scenes are all great, especially, the last and biggest robbery. I believe that Ben Affleck will receive several Oscar nominations for his work. The film is brutal yet it also rips at your heart. This is a good movie to see, but it is not for children. Warner Bros. Pictures, Run Time 2:00, Rated R 10/10
Ben Affleck..Academy Award noms Movie,Actor, Director (by jessie-39)
My wife and I see over 100 movies a year, having been in the business and now retired. WE DO NOT READ ANY REVIEWS BY ANYONE. WE TRY TO TELL OUR FRIENDS THAT A CRITIC IS ONE PERSON, HE OR SHE IS NOT US. Critics are also a dying breed as newspapers disappear.Therefore, our critique is not biased and based on actually seeing the movie in a theater. Many critics see the movies 5 at a time in a viewing room.Not a real atmosphere to gauge audience reaction. How can you review a movie without the real deal? What a great movie with a great cast of character actors from top to bottom. Ben does a great <more>
job in acting and directing.We loved it and believe it is one of the best movies of 2010. It is a can't miss for anyone who likes to spend 2 hrs of pure enjoyment and an exciting and thrilling movie.
I was wrong about Ben Affleck. I never believed that Affleck was ever a star. I never saw him as a director-type. I do admit I was wrong, though. Ben Affleck was truly incredible as Doug McCray, and I've never seen him work his acting at such a high level. As far as the plot of the film goes, it's very engaging. The trailer doesn't give this film justice as it's very intense and romantic at times.Jeremy Renner is quite intimidating and Blake Lively is sexy, Ben Affleck is gripping and the supporting cast is incredibly powerful. I think the movie was powerful and not at all <more>
predictable. I couldn't wait to see what would happen and if Doug would get away. It's such a greatly crafted movie. From writing to acting this film is wickedly astounding.I thought that the sex scene was over too quickly, but it was made up with all the action. I thoroughly enjoyed the chase scenes. I thought the action sequences were well-drawn out. I loved the bank robbery scenes of the blue masks and the nun outfits. I especially liked Ben's scenes with the sledge hammer and the scene where he says, "if I think anything might happen to her, I'm gonna kill both of you." It's a clip from the trailer, but it's so much better when it happens in the film.It's driven as an action film with drama and romance on the side. There's a few chuckles along the way, but pretty much sparse. I thought the romance was done just enough and I felt the drama was perfectly done and drastically added to the plot, as well as the tone of the film.It's certainly the best heist movie I've ever seen. In comparison, if you called Inception a heist movie, this movie is a better heist movie. I really think this is the Heat of the decade. I truly believe that Affleck is in his peek of his career and this is his greatest performance, directing, writing and acting. I'm overjoyed and excited to see his next piece of work.
One of the best movies of the year (by littlengine)
Last night I saw the sneak peek of the Town. Driving for 30 minutes and waiting in the huge line to get into the theatre I thought to myself, this film better be worth it. I can tell you now, I was not disappointed. This film delivered in so many ways. Ben Affleck surprised me again with his screenplay, directing and acting, showing me that he is a force in this world. The rest of the casting was brilliant as well. Jeremy Renner was breathtaking as Gem, playing the troubled and hardened career criminal. Blake Lively stunned me as Krista. I did not think she had the skill to pull off such a <more>
character and she delivered in all of her scenes. Pete Postlewaite has some amazing dialogue and is frighteningly amazing in his role. Overall this movie absolutely delivers because of the emotional content that allows the audience to become attached to the characters, and the amazing action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. All in all, I must say that this is one of the best films of the year.
This movie is worth taking the time to go see. As a former cop and detective the way the FBI works on the suspects is very convincing. The fact that the crew was able to continue working with the cops knowing so much tended to keep this a solid escapism film.The plot and sub plot worked well and reminded me of a nice pulp fiction story. I don't want to spoil any of the film so suffice it to say that it is worth going to see.Jeremy Renner from the Hurt Locker was stellar, Jon Hamm pulled it off I never thought he was Don Draper, Rebeca Hall, and Ben Affleck were also good. The supporting <more>
cast did not disappoint either.The cast made this movie work. I can honestly say I liked all the characters. Blake Lively acted just like her character would have in real life. She is the true victim of her environment and there was no redemption for her.
Take a bow Mr. Affleck....you have certainly earned it. (by blackmambamark)
My Oh My how Ben Affleck has had a up and down career. Starting out as the cheesy yet funny guy in those Kevin Smith flicks, to the academy award winning writer of "Good Will Hunting", all the way back down to the pathetic string of acting he produced only 10 years ago. But there is a silver lining....with his directorial debut in "Gone Baby Gone", and his much improved acting in "Hollywoodland". Ben Affleck is beginning to once again prove his worth in Tinsel Town. Hopefully he can continue to feverish pace.Well i can say with complete just, that this is the <more>
best "Heist" movie since "Swordfish"......Now i know most of you may not like "Swordfish", but what other bank robbery movie can you compare it to in the past 10 years? Maybe "Snatch"? "Lock Stock"?....eh, if you classify those movies as "Heist" pictures, than okay, it's the best heist movie since "Snatch" or maybe even "Oceans 11"....either way, it's a big compliment.Ben Affleck has certainly proved that "Gone Baby Gone" was not a fluke. He can actually direct a major motion picture. And not only can he do it, he does it very well. Sure the movie had some minor flaws, but nothing that takes too much away from the overall big picture. The best way i can compare it is.....it's like an east coast "Heat". Now, the group is not as fool proof or professional as the gang in "Heat"......well, let's face it, you will probably never top that group in movie.....ever. But never the less, the style of film making really pulls you into each sequence, whether it be the action packed bank robbery, the emotional dialog between characters, or the intense decisions the players all must endure.The movie doesn't try to WOW! you by offering a different style of bank robbery. Which is a good thing, because you really run the risk of tripping over your own two feet in the process. But i really think the major factor in this film, was the acting. Everyone came to play ball in this one........but i can also say this with complete confidence.......Ben Affleck was the best actor in this movie. Yes, i know it's hard to swallow for some of you, but he really showed us all, what he is truly capable of doing. So Mr. Affleck, let me tip my hat to you and say job well done sir. You took a lot of crap to the face, and you wiped it off, and came back strong.Bottom Line......Yes, i can honestly say that this is one of the best movies of the year so far. Sure the movie gets a little sappy at the end, but it's pretty necessary. But overall, your very well entertained.I read an article a few months ago about even after "Gone Baby Gone", people still wouldn't hire Affleck as a director. And he had to fight tooth and nail to land this deal. Well, hopefully now you can find more work buddy, because you have certainly earned it.
Affleck's second matches realism of the first and the fine ensemble carries the rest (by Movie_Muse_Reviews)
Ben Affleck's second feature film as a director -- if nothing else -- proves he's no fluke. In all the ways his sincere and revealing debut "Gone Baby Gone" succeeds, so does "The Town." Both are Boston-based crime dramas that are both touchingly dramatic at times yet gripping at others. More impressive with his work on "The Town," however, is that it proves he could just as easily go on to direct an action blockbuster as he could an Oscar-winning drama.It starts with the cast and the performances he gets from them. In 2007, he helped Amy Ryan to a <more>
supporting actress nomination, and that's ignoring the other talents in the film such as Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Ed Harris. In "The Town," he gets Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner in his first major film since his breakout in "The Hurt Locker" and Jon Hamm in his first major film since TV's "Mad Men" took off. He also gets a pair of up-and-comers in Rebecca Hall and "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively. And that's not to mention Pete Postelthwaite and Chris Cooper. Next to "Inception," it's the best ensemble cast of the year.Based on the Chuck Hogan novel "Prince of Thieves," the film follows a team of bank robbers from Charlestown, an area notorious for grooming the best at intercepting armored cars and taking down banks. As with "Gone Baby Gone," also based on a novel by Dennis Lehane , the city of Boston and the people and culture are as important to Affleck as the plot. He's sure to let shots of the Charlestown bridge and Fenway Park soak in amidst the ever-building pinch the main characters are in.Doug MacRay Affleck and his buddy Jim Renner and a couple others pull off a bank job in the opening scene, but when it doesn't go exactly as planned, they're forced to kidnap the bank manager Hall . To make sure she didn't see anything and can hand them on a platter to the feds led by Jon Hamm's Special Agent Frawley , Doug trails her, only to find himself falling for her."The Town" is one of those crime dramas/bank-job action films that while not revelatory for the genre, executes everything well and sticks to a character-driven story in order to stay meaningful. Perhaps the reason it works so well is because it floats in between the drama, never becoming too much of a guns 'n robbers flick, but also not slipping into crime melodrama for too long. Affleck's performance as MacRay acts in accordance; it's tastefully understated and he lets go of the machismo that has marred a few of his previous roles.The film also has an unexpected but much appreciated sense of humor. In a mile-a-minute crime drama/thriller, you don't expect to laugh the way you will in "The Town," which speaks even more to the writing and Affleck's versatility. Even if there are some plot conventions and no-surprise characters as good as Hamm is, he's playing every other quick-witted FBI guy in films , the dialogue is sharp, the story is exciting and the way we are so easily able to see things from MacRay's perspective as the bank robber who wants out makes up for any use of convention as a crutch.There's no doubt that if "The Town" becomes a success that studios will seek out Affleck for some more high-profile projects and it will certainly be interesting to see how he handles material not rooted in Boston sub-culture. As long as he continues to get such memorable performances out of his actors, he'll be doing things on the other end of the camera for a long time to come.~Steven CVisit my site http://moviemusereviews.com
One of the finest pieces of ensemble acting in years (by Simon_Says_Movies)
To say that The Town is everything Takers tried to be and failed at would actually be an insult to Ben Affleck's latest film. Mentioning that bland rehashing in the same breath would imply they even exist on the same plane, but the honest truth is this gritty Boston crime drama is something special and the best film of the early fall season.Affleck's first foray into directing with the Dennis Lehane adaptation Gone Baby Gone shocked viewers and the critical community in kind, showing that a fading acting career does not mean one is down-and-out in Hollywood. Affleck marries his two <more>
passions in The Town, directing, producing and writing the film as well as starring in the lead role, his first since 2003's Paycheck. He owns this comeback performance, successfully wiping any lingering distaste from duds like Daredevil or Gigli. This is by no means a one-man show, but The Town has nothing close to a weak link, in fact, this may be one of the finest pieces of ensemble acting in years.Joining Affleck in a supporting role is Jeremy Renner, fresh off his best actor Oscar nomination for The Hurt Locker and he beyond a doubt proves he is no one-hit wonder. This is Oscar-worthy acting yet again for Renner, nailing his Boston accent along with his loose-cannon mentality. He is terrifying, but impossible to pry your eyes away from. The most shocking revelation comes from Blake Lively TV's "Gossip Girl" as a doped-up mother with more than a few issues. She is not only unrecognizable, but owns her role, never calling attention to her drastic deviation from type. Substantial buzz was also placed in the way of John Hamm from the acclaimed television drama Mad Men. He is sufficiently pompous as a dedicated FBI agent also scoring a number of the films laughs.Before I wander too much further into specifics, the characters in The Town populate a Boston suburb called Charlestown, which an introductory message informs us, is the world-center for bank robbers. Affleck's Doug MacRay heads a team of those in such a profession including Renner as James Coughlin and two others played by Slaine, and Owen Burke. During one of their routine bank heists, they are forced to take a hostage Rebecca Hall during their hasty escape. Afterwards, to make sure she does not know anything incriminating following her release from captivity, MacRay follows her and inadvertently falls for her in the process.There is nothing particularly revelatory about The Town, there are few surprises or much that deviates from a standard crime drama. But Affleck directs with such skill and confidence while showcasing yet another peek into suburban Boston that it is never less than riveting. There is an overlying sense of impeding dread that perforates The Town and a handful of sensational action sequences do little to let up the firm grasp the film has on our windpipes. Propelled by faultless acting and a pitch- perfect script, this slice of the Boston criminal underworld is everything for which we could have hoped following such a bland summer. Affleck has always been a star, and if he continues to produce films of this pedigree, then there might be hope for the movies yet.