The Town (2010, One Last Job Heist Romance) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Craig
Writer (Screenplay): Ben Affleck
Writer (Screenplay): Aaron Stockard
Producer: Graham King
Producer: Basil Iwanyk
Writer (Original Novel) “Prince of Thieves”: Chuck Hogan
Ben Affleck: Doug MacRay
Rebecca Hall: Claire Keesey
Jon Hamm: FBI S.A. Adam Frawley
Jeremy Renner: James Coughlin
Blake Lively: Krista Coughlin
Titus Welliver: Dino Clampa
Slaine: Albert “Gloansy” Magloan
Pete Postlethwaite: Fergus “Fergie” Colm
Chris Cooper: Stephen MacKay

Town, The (2010)

Charlestown, Boston, is an area where armed robbery is the local trade. Doug MacRay and his crew briefly take a hostage during their latest bank robbery. After they release her, they discover she lives in Charlestown and they take steps to work out whether she can identify them or not.


Another quality movie from Ben Affleck but, though he’s paced it beautifully, the lengthy running time for such a simple story and familiar characters (this is a one-last-job heist movie) feels, in retrospect, indulgent. Lots of good work here, though. There’s a particularly great moment where our heavily armed crims spill out of their getaway vehicle right in front of an astonished cop who SPOILER turns away and ignores them in hope of not getting shot. Surprisingly, Affleck is positioning himself as a successor to Clint Eastwood as an actor-director with an eye for character, a delicate sense of pacing, a traditional (i.e., comprehensible) editing style and the ability to bring out the best in actors. Though with lots of extra swearing.

This movie contains sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue and substance abuse and strong violence, graphic violence and nudity, sex scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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