The Town 2010

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There are over 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. And a one-square-mile neighbourhood in Boston, called Charlestown, has produced more bank robbers than anywhere in the U.S. One of them is Doug MacRay, the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean. The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem, the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother. Things change when Jem takes a blindfolded hostage: bank manager Claire Keesey. After the job, Doug seeks out Claire, who has no idea that this charming stranger is one of the men who terrorized her only days before. As his relationship with Claire deepens into a passionate romance, Doug wants out of this life and the town. But with the Feds, led by Agent Frawley, closing in and Jem questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy and, worse, may put Claire in the line of fire.

Starring:
Ben Affleck, Titus Welliver
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Ben Affleck, Titus Welliver, Chris Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Graham King, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
Director Ben Affleck
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 28 February 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Ben Affleck, Titus Welliver, Chris Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Graham King, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
Director Ben Affleck
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 28 February 2011
Main languages English
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sally Hardisty on 3 Sept. 2014
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Great film that did not get the level of recognition it deserved when it first came out. Engaging story, brilliant cast. It would be hard to pick out just one or two performances as they're all stellar, Affleck, Renner, Postlethwaite, Lively, Hamm, Hall, Cooper. It has darkness and grit and light and hope. It's fun and action packed. The quality of the script and the acting enables it to pack a punch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LMK on 19 Dec. 2012
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I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I'm not usually a big fan of Ben Affleck (Pearl Harbor put me off!), but he is very good in this. The story is set in a rough neighbourhood, following the tale of a group of bank robbers. One of them (Affleck) is starting to develop a conscience and becomes involved with a woman who could be a potential witness. Meanwhile the FBI are busy hunting the gang down.

The real strength of the film lies in the relationships between the characters. Affleck is reasonably convincing as a robber starting to change his mind, and his love interest is sweet and naive and fails to spot that there is anything shady about him. Affleck's loyal but aggressive sidekick is played particularly well by Jeremy Renner, and the long-standing history between his character and Affleck's is portrayed exceptionally well. Interestingly, I found myself feeling some sympathy for the robbers - the idea that some people get stuck in a role they are expected to play was a strong theme of the film.

This is not a straightforward action film, nor even just a cat and mouse chase with the FBI, but more an examination of the people within the situation. That said, there are some very good action sequences too, some real suspense and excitement, and some strong violence and language. Really liked it - thought provoking and absorbing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 6 Oct. 2014
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The Town is an interesting film it's not your usual cops and robbers, heist film.
Yes the Town features a bank robbery at the beginning but that is just the starting point of the film.
The film has an excellent cast, Jeremy Renner was oscar nominated for his role in the film, and watching it you can understand why.
Having read the book I was suprised at how closely it followed the story, so often all the book and film share is a title.
I don't want to give the plot away, but I would certainly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Keeling on 12 Nov. 2013
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If you have not seen HEAT then this is a good movie with generally strong characterisation. If you have seen HEAT then this is almost a remake. The similarities are just too many. HEAT has a stronger cast and the main police protagonist in TOWN is not helped by poor character development and terrible scripting. That said this is a well assembled movie and Affleck is a believable lead. Rebecca Hall puts in a good performance but her accent is a tad flakey at times - veering between a soft Irish accent at times and a mid Atlantic Bostonian. It merits a space in my movie collection but won't get the outings that my copy of HEAT has had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paddymeharg on 8 Jun. 2012
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Ben Affleck is usually a name I associate with an inevitable sense of dread. Oh no, what's he gone and made this time? Some people may never forgive him for the butchering of Pearl Harbour (2001) or you may have forgotten who he was even whilst watching Daredevil (2006). Affleck actually had a decent start to his career appearing alongside Bruce Willis in the perfectly decent blockbuster Armageddon (1997) and he did a good job as Matt Damon's down to earth buddy in Good Will Hunting (1997). For most though, Affleck had become a bit of a no-name of late appearing in a string of mediocre B movies. That is until now.

The opening is something we've all seen before, in fact the premise of the film is something we've all seen before but the cleverness of The Town is not in the what, but in the how and the why and the who. To write a good story you do not always have to come up with an original idea, you just have to tell it from an original viewpoint or in a different way.

We see that in the opening scene with Affleck's character, Doug MacCray, telling his fellow heisters the plan whilst an overweight security guard delivers money into a bank and we think, okay I know what's going to happen. Not since Heat (1995) have we seen bank robbery portrayed in this way. The start of the heist is silent. The imagery is harsh and brutal, the four characters really know exactly what they are doing. The film, overall in this aspect is very slick. The action is thoughtful and very well executed and the shots flow together almost seamlessly. this is all down to Affleck's direction and he has done a very very good job.

Where The Town differs from a lot of these types of films, and what makes it stand out is the people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on 20 Jun. 2011
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I had never previously been a fan of Ben Affleck, having put him in the rom-com category. So i was dubious about watching this film. Having now watched it over three consecutive nights i can safely say that it is to be recommended. It is tightly plotted, gritty and very 'male' i.e. lots of swearing, car chases and shootings. However, the underlying human interest story, i.e the relationship that develops between Affleck's character and Rebecca Hall's, is what makes the film so great. There is no sentimentality here or mawkishness. And to find yourself rooting for the 'bad' guy (Affleck) creates a real feeling of tension that permeates the film. Definitely one to watch.
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