The Town (2010)

Driver’s name is Arthur Shea. Former Metro Police officer, fifty-seven years old. Soon as his partner leaves with the coal bag, Artie cracks a Herald, and he don’t look up ’til the guy gets back. Marty Maguire. Cummins Armored courier. Five-ten, two-twenty, fifty-two years old. Picks up every Wednesday and Friday at exactly 8:12, makes a hundred and ten dollars a day, carries a Sig nine. And he’s about to get robbed.

The Town actually exceeded my expectations (I’m now disregarding Ben Affleck’s character that seemed fake). It’s a solid, entertaining criminal drama with some great performances (Jeremy Renner!!) and interesting heist-film glimpses.

In the Boston neighbourhood Charlestown ,supposedly “the bank robbery capital of America” (this is disputed though, statistics show that the whole state of Massachussetts has less than 3% of the country’s bank robberies, and the Boston police seems to imply that the contribution of Charlestown towards Bostons robberies merely 2% (read the article here.)) we meet 4 young Irishmen, friends since birth, that get their living from robbing banks and carriers. Doug MacRay (played by Ben Affleck) is the lead architect planning the robberies. All is going well the money’s in the bags, but the police arrive earlier than thought so the group snatches with them a hostage, the bank manager Claire Keesey (played by Rebecca Hall). They let her go, but Doug is forced to follow her to see if she’s talking to the FBI. One thing leads to another, Doug falls in love with her (LOLZ) and wants to change his life to be with her in Florida. He just needs to do this one last big heist (hitting the ‘Boston Cathedral’ aka. the Boston Red Sox arena, Fenway Park) to score 500,000 for ‘the Florist’ (by Pete Postlethwaite, who’s a great English actor).

Of course the heist goes wrong and Doug needs to figure out how Claire and him can be together when she’s surrounded by police, and if she even wants to forgive him for his robbing ways. Not taking into account the cheesyness of Ben Affleck’s Doug (bad man with a good heart) i thought the film was really good. I love it when you don’t feel like you’re watching a 2-hour film, but a 40min episode of your favourite show. Besides being entertaining, with a solid plot it made some strides forward with a few great characters.

Jeremy Renner (who got an Oscar nod for his role in The Hurt Locker) plays James Coughlin, a ganger who served 9 years in prison for murder. He comes off intimidating, creepy and strong, and gave this movie some reality to it by being both acting-wise and story-wise a tough characterisation of what a bad neighbourhood does to you. I adore him, and hope to see him in more films (I believe he’s just getting started with his career really).

All in all, The Town is very recommendable both as an entertaining action/drama and a depiction of the social state where crime drives the people and family is the most important thing.

8 / 10

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8 responses to “The Town (2010)

  1. The cast list sounds sooo good, John Hamm is one of my favourite male actors (due to his magnificent performance in Mad Men) and I loved Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. And Rebecca Hall is quite good too. The trailer seemed awesome, so I think I really need to watch this.

    Btw a great blog, it’s going to my Following-list.

    • Yeah John Hamm is really great in Mad Men, and solid in this too, he’s just not in that big of a role though, would’ve liked to see more of the ‘determined FBI agent’ !

      Oh thank you so much! : -)

      • I hated the mom on Gone Baby Gone. :D I ended up finding that movie after I watched Shutter Island. It was an awesome movie. So I found out that it was based on a novel. I looked up for other stories by the same novelist which later adapted as films. Then I ended up with Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. I watched both of them. Still Shutter Island is the best among them.

      • Haha yeah, she is very annoying. I think all those movies are really good (I love that genre) but Mystic River is an absolute masterpiece, the acting in that is amazing. Thank you for subscribing! :-)

  2. I just watched it last night. Eventually came up here to read your review. I didn’t watch the movie all at once you know. In the middle, the movie gets a little too slow and off the story/action. You know, I’m talking about the time when Doug hangs out with the girl for the first few days. I just thought of giving up on that.

    Last night, I resumed and liked how the story ended. Such true love is very rare these days, by the way. ;)

    Subscribed. :)

  3. Hated that those guys kills the wrong guy. Hate that guy’s wife too who suspects him to be the murderer.

    Or maybe I’m taking movies too realistically :P

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