Based on the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan, “The Town” is an action-packed thriller that just might win you over.
Actor-director-writer Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”) stands on both sides of the camera in this cops-and-robbers epic set in his hometown of Boston. For his second effort at directing, the results are actually better than expected.
The only problem left after sitting through this 2 hour and 10 minute adventure is which side of the camera does he really want to stay on? After seeing “The Town” I believe it would of been far better if he had only directed and wrote, not starred in it.
Having assembled a fine cast and directing a well-written script jointly with Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard (“Gone Baby Gone”), Affleck seems to have been stretched too thinly on the acting side. After all, how much can one person do when making a movie? Of course he has the lead role.
With his father Stephen MacRay (“Where the Wild Things Are”) serving a life sentence in prison, Doug MacRay (Affleck “Extract”), is the head of a team of professional bank robbers. Situated around the Charlestown section where bank and armored car robberies are surprisingly frequent, they have great success.
With his best friend James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner “The Hurt Locker”) at his side, Doug is confident in everything he does. That is until a bank heist in which James decides without Doug’s approval to take bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall “Frost/Nixon”) as a hostage.
Despite misgivings about the episode, romance blossoms between Doug and Claire. However, the team has attracted the FBI led by agents Frawley (Jon Hamm “Mad Men TV Series”) and Ciampa (Titus Welliver “Assault on Precinct 13”).
The team continues its reign of terror as they get greedy. When will it stop?
Come along and find out as we watch a thrilling series of fast-paced chase scenes.
It appears that director Affleck had better control then actor Affleck, but I think you will agree that the cast gave him their full support.
While nowhere near being “the best picture of the year” as “The Town” proclaims itself to be, it is still an entertaining effort.
Rated “R” for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use, this is definitely not for children.
“The Town” is an action-packed movie that is better than expected.
While it could have been 15 or 20 minutes shorter, it is still better than an average film and therefore receives my rating of “3-J’s/Worthy Effort!”
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