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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

4.1 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
The Town is Charlestown, Boston, a place where crime is a way of life. Following a bank robbery, professional thief Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) has to keep a watch on bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) because after using her as hostage leverage during escape from the heist, she is the only witness who could possibly identify his gang. But once the two meet they start to fall for each other, forcing MacRay to re-evaluate his life in Charlestown. It's a re-evaluation that will upset a lot of people close to him and the gangster boss who hires him, and all this at a time when FBI agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is closing in on the gang.

One of the most startling things about Ben Affleck's second film as director is that even with it's conventional plot, and formulaic characters, it's still an exhilarating and fresh picture. With Affleck comfortable in his Boston surroundings, it's evident that he and the team went for authenticity, something which in the main they achieve. Sure there's the odd implausible moments, they are-like it or not-cops and robbers staples, but The Town is not your standard run of the mill actioner. It's is, for want of pigeon holing, a modern day noir, resplendent with bleak mood and well oiled characters. Based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves, The Town follows the formula of a rotten town with rotten people doing their best or worst to live and get by. Into the pot comes the bad guy who meets a good woman who wants to leave his crappy life and crappy home behind. So far so well trodden path, then, but this is not a giant gangland operation, like, say, The Departed or The Godfather et al, this is a small neighbourhood setting, with a small group of everyday dressed young men. It's one of the reasons why Affleck's film feels authentic.
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7 of 8 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nellster on 11 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
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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By A.G. on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Loosely adapted from Chuck Hogan's excellent 2004 novel Prince of Thieves, The Town is a slick, fast-paced and enjoyable heist thriller that rarely flags in its 2hr running time.

After an impressive directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck returns here as both director and star, proving that his debut was no fluke by crafting an understated gem of a movie set in and around the blue-collar Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, an area that was, before the yuppies moved in, bank-robber central.

Affleck plays Doug MacRay, a troubled and conflicted man who leads a crew of armed robbers (all Charlestown boys) that has begun to make a name for itself and has attracted the attention of the Feds, specifically in the form of Special Agent Adam Frawley (John 'Mad Men' Hamm), a no-nonsense thief-taker who will stop at nothing to bring Doug and the boys to book. As the game of cat and mouse proceeds, it all gets very personal between Doug and Frawley, not least because there is a woman involved.

Though none of the characters are deeply drawn and the fundamental premise of the novel (the violent rage of lost young working-class males against yuppie modernity) is missing from the script, there is more than enough here to satisfy those looking for something that engages beyond a series of random shoot-outs, though the latter are present and are excitingly realised.

Affleck himself gives a creditable performance as the lead character, but for me the standout performance is from Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner playing MacRay's mildly psychotic right-hand man and lifelong friend Jem Coughlin, a young ex-con with a death wish.
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