The Town (2010)

7.52 h 4 min2010X-RayR
A bank robber falls in love with a former robbery hostage and decides he wants out of the life. With the Feds closing in he must choose: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.
Ben Affleck
Ben AffleckRebecca HallJon Hamm
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Jeremy RennerBlake LivelyPete PostlethwaiteChris CooperTitus Welliver
Graham KingBasil Iwanyk
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Elle Oh EewReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This version!!!
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This should be the only way this movie is seen everything makes more sense to a great movie!
Ursula and Rick JacksonReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wanting more out of life.
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Wanting more out of life than just stealing, and shooting up things. Being able to share your life with somebody you truly care about. Is it too late because of your past? Can you change because you have found somebody? Will the gang you run with let you go, and that is the question.
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Andrew EllingtonReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Once you're in, you're in for life...
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I was harsh with Ben Affleck and his directorial debut, `Gone Baby Gone'. After reflection, maybe I was a tad too harsh (although the film is still far from anything truly inspired). That said, one thing I did find commendable in his debut was, well, his direction, which was sharp and thrilling to say the least. With `The Town', his sophomore effort, Affleck proves that his greatest asset is his knack for creating a riveting film, despite obvious flaws and drawbacks.

I don't think it would be too far fetched to presume Ben Affleck will win an Oscar in the near future for direction; ala Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Robert Redford (you know, those other popular actors who never could `act' their way to an Oscar).

Thrusting a little more weight on his shoulders this go around, Ben Affleck not only directs but co-writes and co-stars in this crime thriller that piles on the clichés while maintaining a slick and engrossing presence. The film centers on a Boston thug named Doug MacRay. Doug and his longtime friends make their money robbing banks. On the outset of the film, Doug and his posse rob a bank and, when Doug's friend Jem loses his head, they wind up with a hostage. That hostage is bank manager Claire. Claire is obviously petrified, but that fear doesn't leave her when the whole episode is over. She carries the burden with her. When Jem decides he wants her out of the picture entirely, Doug takes it upon himself and make sure she isn't going to rat them out. He does this by falling in love with her. Unfortunately, the cops trailing Doug are smart enough to erode this newfound relationship and use it to their advantage. Couple that with the fact that Doug's `friends' won't let him just walk away from their way of life and you have major problems for Doug and his perilous search for redemption.

The film's premise and script are littered with holes and cliché ridden errors that keep the film from being anything truly spectacular. The dynamics between Claire and Doug and believable in chemistry alone, but their relationship is beyond illogical. The friendships and loyalties boil down to recklessness and don't carry any true weight because the film isn't beyond turning every character into a liar. The ensemble cast has received a lot of praise but in all honesty there is really only one performance that actually stands out as heartfelt, and that is Rebecca Hall. Sure, the character is sadly underwritten in areas (it could have been a drag-down, knockout, Oscar winning piece of work had it had a little more color) but she makes so much out of it. It bothers me that Jeremy Renner's serviceable performance stole all the media attention.

Really though, this film lives and breathes in the hands of Ben Affleck and his directorial choices. The film is just so alive. He really knows how to make every frame sing, and he creates such body out of every surface he films. The thrills all feel legitimate. He makes the standard (and overdone) car chase seem fresh and exciting. He created so many layers out of a script that was, at times, layerless. It is really a commendable piece of work and one that I think truly deserves the attention and praise it can garner.

He has a skill, and I can't wait to see him fine-tune it even more.
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ella thomasReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Jay McCarthyReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2022
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Good movie
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Great Boston accents, fantastic car chases through Boston
Jason BeanReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
A terrific crime-thriller!
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Until a few years ago Ben Affleck definitly had his ups and downs. Whether it be in tabloids or mediocre movies he never seemed to be making a positive impact on film (though I'll admit to being one of the only people who liked Daredevil). Then a few years ago he gave a fantastic performance in 'Hollywood Land' and wrote and directed the entertaining and thought-provoking crime thriller 'Gone Baby Gone'. 'The Town' (in my opinion) is not only his best film as both director and actor, it's one of the most entertaining and engaging crime films I've ever seen!

The plot of 'The Town' is pretty bare bones: Armed Robbers from Charlestown (a suburb of Boston, MA with a violent reputation) steal from a bank and take a bank teller (Rebecca Hall) hostage. After letting her go, their leader Doug (Affleck) trails her to find out what she knows about them and at the same time starts a relationship with her. There's also an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) on their trail. While this is pretty much the plot of the story it's what we learn about each character and how growing up and living in Charlestown has effected their lives. I read Charles Hogan's novel 'Prince of Thieves' (which this film is based) a while ago but as good as it was it never gripped you the way this film does.

The directing in 'The Town' is masterful. The heist scenes are exciting and never too drawn out and the action is very level-headed without losing the excitement. To add to this and some great character interaction scenes Affleck uses real locations to add to the authentic feel of the setting. Our protagonist visits community centers and meetings that add a flavor to 'The Town' other Boston-based films like 'The Departed' and 'Mystic River' were lacking.

The casting and acting couldn't be better and fits the movie perfectly. Ben Affleck creates a memorable and sympathetic protagonist in Doug, even as we see him do some violent things. Rebecca Hall is both intelligent and strong as Claire the Bank teller who falls for Doug. Jeremy Renner is dynamite as Jem, Doug's life-long friend who's a loose cannon but is a fully fleshed out character. Jon Hamm sheds his 'Mad Men' image and creates an FBI agent who's just as ruthless and tough as the criminals he's after. Chris Cooper has a brief but memorable role as Doug's father. Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, and Titus Welliver also contribute strong performances.

The extended version of The Town is about 30 minutes longer has a few fun scenes with Jem and Doug, and draws out Claire and Doug's relationship. There's also a bit more about Jon Hamm and Blake Lively's characters and it extends some of the montages. None of these scenes seemed drastically necessary (most of them are in the first half of the film) but fans will definitely appreciate some of the more drawn out exposition.

I really can't praise this movie enough. Ben Affleck created one of the most authentic-feeling crime films with 'Gone Baby Gone' but he has not only topped that but managed to make 'The Town' as entertaining as it is an inside look at a community with a violent reputation. You may feel like you've seen this story before but rarely has it been told this well.
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margotReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A highly useful high-concept caper flick
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Good casting and some good writing are what make this film enjoyable through multiple viewings. But it would be hard to sit through even once if it weren't for the lush backdrops of Charlestown and Boston. This is one of the rare caper flicks that have a sense of place. The scenes are not shot in back-alleys in Toronto posing as Chicago, or Vancouver posing as Anytown USA. Even though the streets look a little too chocolate-boxy, like they just had the cleaning people in and took away all the scaffolding and rubbish tips to make it nice for the conventioneers and tourists, it's pleasant to have some verifiable reality up there on the screen.

The best things, beside the location sets, are Jon Hamm being an overbearing FBI jerk, the rubberized zombie-nun disguises, and the grotesque Fergie character talking about gelding a horse (Pete Postlethwaite's last role). Rebecca Hall is nice too. She is English but really has the proper general-American intonation down, neither faux-Boston nor incongruously Midwestern nor that awful crass combination of Brooklyn-Jew and California-zonker that so many Brit and Australian actors come up with when playing Americans (Peter Sellers in 'Lolita,' Rachel Griffiths in 'Blow'). She is pretty and brings off a difficult and rather thankless role of being, well, pretty. And a victim.

Bad things are those elements that beggar belief: Ben Affleck's ridiculous fake tattoos, which seem to have been applied the day before and have all the trite multicolored-dragon elements that will be regrettable in ten years. Jem, the character with the stupid leprechaun tattoo-decal on the back of his neck, would have not been wearing a gold cross on a chain (what is he, Sicilian?), and if he ever acquired that green tattoo, it's a pretty good bet that his associates would make him get it lasered off, if only for the reason that it becomes a minor plot-element in the movie.

I found much of the low-life social atmosphere repellent too. The Affleck character would not have been moving in those circles--how much has his character made by now? two million dollars? Fergie, the English-Irish capo, would have had a different self-presentation too. He's supposed to be a florist in a yuppified neighborhood, but he looks and behaves like the assistant fight-trainer in an old boxing movie.

My husband would easily give this a 5, but the sordid and incredible aspects knock it down a notch for me. Still, I've seen it a dozen times, and rented it on Amazon instant only because we recently lent out the DVD I bought!
Dr. Robert F. KnollReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Growing up criminal
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While it may take a village to raise a child, if the village in question is Charlestown, MA , the child may very well be trained in the modern guild of bank robbers. "The Town", Ben Affleck's second film as a rapidly maturing director in the no nonsense mold of Clint Eastwood, gets it right, from the broad "a"s that trip naturally from Affleck's tongue to the Notre Dame tattoo which simultaneously adorns and identifies the neck of the Jeremy Renner character. Shot largely on location,"The Town" uses the people, sports facilities/teams and especially the neighborhood bars and strip joints to create a tribal world of crime and corruption,loyalty and omerta which defines and delimits its characters.
In the past filmmaking decade, blue collar MA has become a favored setting for films as diverse as "Mystic River", "The Departed", "Gone Baby Gone" (Affleck's first directorial effort) and "The Fighter". Where "The Town" has the edge over the Eastwood and Scorsese efforts, and parallels that of David O. Russell/ Mark Wahlberg, involves the question of home turf. From the time of his Oscar winning "Good Will Hunting" script to the present film, Affleck has been most successful when he sticks close to home. Here he expertly directs a superb cast which features "The Hurt Locker"'s Jeremy Renner (in a performance of deeply unsettling precision and nuance) as the always ready to explode character of the best friend, Blake Lively as the sluttish, drug running and addicted single mother (a direct parallel to the Amy Ryan character in "Gone Baby Gone")who was once the Affleck character's girlfriend, Jon Hamm as the tenacious but outplayed FBI agent and Pete Postlethwaite in his valedictory performance as the skeletal but lethal crime boss.
The extended Blu-ray version of "The Town" deepens the central relationships between the Affleck and Rebecca Hall characters, bank robber and bank robbery victim/hostage who become lovers, and the Affleck and Renner characters, boyhood chums raised in crime school together. The Blu-ray makes additionally fine use of the city of Charlestown/Boston as a main character and punches up the energy level in the film's two most memorable sequences: the "nuns with guns" masked robbery and subsequent chase through the narrow and winding historical streets of Boston's North End and the extended robbery of big game(Yankees) receipts from Fenway Park, the cathedral of baseball. In their scripting and directing, but especially in their sound and visual editing, these parts of "The Town" belong in the company of "The Dark Knight" and "Heat". In general, this Blu-ray's images are vivid and almost palpable, the sound track crisp, deep and rich.
Ben Affleck's "The Town": local boy makes good, really, really good.
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