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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:
Chris Cooper, Jon Hamm
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

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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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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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Format: DVD
A group of thugs from Charlestown, Boston, Mass. rob a bank. They take the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) along with them. They take her license and leave her by the ocean, only to find out she lives 4 blocks away. Ben Affleck, the brains of the group, stalks her to find out what she knows. He starts to date her and falls in love, or at least a Charlestown version of love, he buys her dinner, they have sex and he gets her a necklace. The relationship was not well developed due to the bad writing of Affleck who was more concerned about his scene shots than giving us a believable script. Ben and his boys rob more places. The FBI knows everyone in the gang who committed the crimes and start to close in to a final climatic scene.

Not Affleck's best role. Never write, direct and star in the same movie. This movie was referenced by the GOP to describe their relationship to the Tea Party with Affleck being the GOP and the Tea Party being his psycho killer friend...and the Tea Party liked the analogy.(Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.)

PARENTAL GUIDE: Sex, F-bombs, no nudity.
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This is a tremendous film. The storyline may sound a bit cliched, but the film just works. The casting is fantastic - the characters are completely believable and although there are some well known actors there they just melt into the characters they play. The film looks and feels so authentic (in the way that the sopranos worked because the characters and locations and script were so 'real'). I won't reprise the storyline, but if you like intelligent and authentic action films with fully rounded characters then this is for you. It looks gritty and real, there is a very strong sense of real lives lived in real places and of how brutal some of those lives are. There are threads and layers which run through the film and don't have to be explained, but which add to the authenticity of the finished product. This really has to be one of the best films made in the last 10 years. Go on treat yourself, you're worth it and so is The Town!
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Format: DVD
This is top viewing and defo worth a squizz. I'd say
it was a cross between The FBI murders, Heat, Point Break and
Catch me if you Can.

Ben Affleck sure does deliver a good viewing experience that
gets better as the films goes along. Just enough of every
type of scene and fast paced action to not over-do any
one particular aspect of the movie. Meaning the balance
seems just right. The story is plausible, realistic and the
feel of it suits the style it's made in. This is present day,
not a hark back to old heist movies, gangsters or an expose
on previous local criminals.

The Amazon reviewer asks if Ben Affleck is too 'clean-cut' to play a
low life bank robber, murderer and criminal?? Maybe, but he's still
plausible, hard faced enough, arrogant and believable
and carries it off - for me the test is always
when you say, so and so would have been better in that role,
so when no one else immediately springs to mind, then that's
proof that the lead castings were correct or as good as anyone
else you could have picked. Although, personally, I think
Clive Owen would have been a lot more convincing as the FBI agent.
John Hamm comes across as clever, knowledgeable and conniving as
the criminal, but he lacks the ego, the harder edge of Pacino,
and guttural intensity. After all Macray gets away.

Rebecca Hall does he best to impersonate Madeline Stowe of
years gone by. She has exactly the same look and style. I'd
have liked to have seen Pete Postlethwaithe get more screen
time as well tho, but he maybe have been too ill. And we
don't get to really know Magloan (Driver) that well either.

But what I liked best was the setting and location.
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