The Town

Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America
Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America
D: Ben Affleck
Warner Bros./Legendary (Graham King & Basil Iwanyk)
US 2010
124 mins


W: Ben Affleck, Peter Craig & Aaron Stockard [based on the book "Prince Of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan]
DP: Robert Elswit
Ed: Dylan Tichenor
Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams & David Buckley

Ben Affleck (Doug MacRay), Rebecca Hall (Claire Keesey), Jon Hamm (Adam Frawley), Jeremy Renner(Jeremy Coughlin), Blake Lively (Krista Coughlin), Pete Posthelthwaite (Fergus Colm), Chris Cooper (Stephen MacRay)

The Town proves Ben Affleck's talents as a director and screenwriter, as he pairs a talented ensemble cast with a typical heist plot, as a longtime thief in a small Massachusetts town becomes involved in a relationship with a bank manager from one of his previous robberies and must face a decision on whether to continue on his path of criminal activities or settle down into a quieter life, a choice complicated further by an FBI agent's investigation as well as the code of silence not being respected amongst some of his gang's members.
The plot will strike similarities with both Heat (qv) and Mystic River (qv), though it doesn't quite have the magic to make it a memorable piece of cinema. A good watch, with some tremendous performances from several of the cast members, but nowhere near a classic of the crime genre.

Rebecca Hall & Ben Affleck in The Town
Rebecca Hall & Ben Affleck in The Town