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Town: Ultimate Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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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.
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.
Apparently more bank robbers come from Charlestown than anywhere else. In fact its like a trade handed down from father to son, or even a past time - and this is the kernel of real world truth from which this great film has grown.
Indeed the film opens with a high octane bank heist based on a real robbery that took place in the area. One the cast members (many of whom hail from the area) say they remembered well.
In fact a bank worker, there on the day, was brought in to help supervise the shoot for authenticity, and he said the events were so exact it was like reliving the whole ordeal over again.
The attention to detail in this film made it real for him and its what helps make it real for viewers at home too. Even the masks in the opening scene were copies of ones used by a team of robbers, found in the files of the FBI.
The characters too felt real, and the dialogue and friendship amongst them seemed natural and believable. Ben Affleck's acting shined here in fact - with an accent that really brought his character to life.
In fact, I wonder if he's originally from the area as it seemed so effortless for him - but the delivery of his lines reminded me of a cross between Christopher Walken and Al Pacino. This film has made me look at Affleck in a new light.
Written by, directed and starring Ben Affleck he has pulled of quite an achievement. I watched the extended cut and it felt like a marathon of events, and although the story wasn't exactly ground breaking, that was part of its strength.
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This is an excellent movie. The characters are compelling and sympathetic and the script is fast-paced and intensely exciting. Affleck co-wrote and directed this tale of Charlestown, Boston, an area famous for its high percentage of deadly criminals. He captures the toughness and desperation of its inhabitants and the viewer feels a connection to the place and the people. Affleck is very good in his part and Jeremy Renner, who plays Doug's loyal but vicious buddy, was rightly nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The wonderful Chris Cooper has a small part as Doug's convict father.
The movie is full of brutal gunplay, car crashes, and bad language and still manages to portray Doug's sensitive side and have him emerge as a kind of hero. Its edge-of-your-seat action kept me engaged even though I don't usually like this kind of movie. Recommended.
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Ben Affleck paces this thriller nicely and has a good eye for the Boston streets. I liked this better than "Gone, Baby, Gone," his earlier effort. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
I absolutely love this film. Ben Affleck simply shines as a director and actor in this adrenaline-fueled thriller/drama. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amazon customer