Ben Affleck is amazing. Not the Gigli Ben Affleck, the new Ben Affleck. 3 years ago I rented Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck’s first debut into full feature directing, and I loved it. It is now one of my favourite movies. I felt like the town would be the same. Based on the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince Of Thieves”, The Town is set in the small neighbourhood of Charlestown in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the story of four long time friends who, on their spare time, rob banks, and they do it well.
The Town starts out with the four friends Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), James “Jem” Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert “Gloansy” Magloan (Slaine), and Desmond “Dez” Elden (Owen Burke), robbing a Cambridge bank and taking a young girl hostage (Rebecca Hall). Some time after they free the hostage, one things leads to another and Doug MacRay (Affleck) ends up starting a relationship with the hostage, Claire. She doesn’t know who he is, obviously, but he knows who she is. so far this sounds like a weird romantic comedy, but thank god it’s not.
Thats not the only problem, Doug (Affleck), does not want to rob banks anymore, but the people in his life don’t want him to stop. Jem (Jeremy Renner) is a hostile, crazy man who see’s Doug as a brother like figure, especially since Doug used to date his Oxycotin/Alcohol/sex crazed hooker of a sister (Blake Lively). Throw in Jon Hamm and The Man in Black (from Lost lol), as two FBI agents, and Pete Postlethwaite as Doug’s boss who informs him he either continues robbing banks, or dies.
The Town is beautiful, and I am a huge fan of these films set in Boston Ma, such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, The Departed, Shutter Island,etc. The Town is thrilling, and fun with a a great romantic story intertwined.
Now the acting, Every actor in this movie does a spectacular job, even the way better than expected Blake Lively. Jeremy Renner in the first movie I have seen him in since the Hurt Locker, plays a perfect ass. For the small time Chris Cooper is in it, it just reminds me how awesome he is. Sadly Pete Postlethwaite isn’t in the movie long, but he’s great, in his Second last movie before his death. Rebecca Hall and Ben Affleck make a romance that may not have been believable, real.
Ben Affleck’s proves that he can write, act and direct and not cause any part of a movie to lack, in a film that should seriously be considered for an Oscar.