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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

The Town (2010)

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 The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2013
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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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After watching 4 or 5 timesi it is safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was initially apprehensive as it starred Ben Affleck, definitely not just a pretty face any more he was superb as were all the cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on 21 Dec. 2014
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Oh dear, yet another cliche packed movie this time centred around the Irish theme. Why is it that Americans project their identity crisis so badly on the silver screen? The characters couldn't be any less Irish, yet they hang pictures of shamrock on every item of clothing and act "tough". Please, stop...... These American thoughts on how to be Irish is wrong.... I was so disappointed with yet another parody of stereotypes that I nearly forgot just how wooden the acting is from the main guy. If your just after some background noise and a few flickering images while you are cutting your toenails or cleaning the house, then this movie is for you. Sadly, it's not for me. My advice to the Americans, use Irish actors or at least take their advice before you look stupid and conjure up the insult of Hollywood's plastic paddies. The best thing about this movie is Pete Posthlwaite. He got the 2 stars just for showing up.
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