Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their burgeoning relationship threatens to unveil the identities of Doug and his crew to the FBI Agent who is on their case.
|Release Date||:||September 15, 2010|
|Genres||:||Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Legendary Pictures, GK Films, Thunder Road Pictures, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Ben Affleck, Donald Murphy, Lisa Arnone|
|Writers||:||Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard, Chuck Hogan|
|Casts||:||Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Slaine, Owen Burke, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Dennis McLaughlin, Corena Chase, Brian Scannell, Kerri Dunbar, Tony V., Stephen Bishop, Gary Galone, Ted Arcidi, Michael Yebba, Brian A. White, Jeremiah Kissel, Peter Looney, Georgia Lyman, Chick Bernhard, David Boston, Nicholas Cairis, Jeffrey Feingold, Duncan B. Putney, Carlos Foglia, Jim Ford, George J. Vezina, Jeffrey Corazzini, Mark Falvo, Alex East, Chris Palermo, David Struffolino, Dan Marshall, John Franchi, Victor Garber, London Hall, Adam Masnyk, Kevin McCormick, Joseph Oliveira, Thomas McGowan, Thomas Olson, William Xifaras, Rich Manley, Jeff Martineau|
|Plot Keywords||:||money laundering, ambulance, boston, massachusetts, bank manager, drug dealer, florist, flower shop, hold-up robbery, volunteer, stolen money, friends, car set on fire, ice hockey, boston garden, police chase, best friend, fenway park|
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 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.