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Review: The Town

Posted February 8, 2011 by Max in Review

The Town
The Town is about a group of men born and bred in Charlestown, Boston and how one of them falls in love with a hostage during a robbery.

The life of a bank robber doesn’t seem all it’s cracked up to be.  Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) had his mother run away when he was but a child and his father (Chris Cooper) is behind bars for his own robbery crimes.  Doug tried to make a life for himself, but that seemingly has failed and he is doing heist with his best friend, James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner).

Everything seems to be going fine with their big heist until a hostage comes into the picture.  Afraid she might know something, Doug trails her and starts falling for her.  It isn’t that easy though since the FBI has now arrived and is looking for answers.  The head of the FBI investigation, Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm), will stop at nothing to see Doug, James and their associates behind bars.

The film plays out how the audience would expect, but its a very solid film.  Ben Affleck directing his second film (Gone Baby Gone was his first) shows that, with the first film, Affleck has an encouraging directing career in front of him.  Jeremy Renner is terrific as James Coughlin and received an Academy Award nomination for his performance.  Even though the film has some flaws with its pacing and predictability, there’s no denying it is an enjoyable film.  This film comes Highly Recommended.

4 Hearts / 5

The Town
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall
Released: Sep. 17th 2010
DVD and Blu-ray: Available now

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