The Town is about a group of people that rob banks for a living. It’s their job, and they are really good at it. They have elaborate set-ups and connections and a very thorough system. Ben Affleck, who also directed the film, stars as their leader.
Jeremy Renner from The Hurt Locker is his hot-headed, but loyal best friend. John Hamm plays the Policeman in charge of trying to catch them, no easy task as he discovers. Also of central importance to the story is a witness that may be able to identify one of the bank robbers and bring them all down.
Watching this movie, I felt that the people who made it must have seen and liked the movie Heat, as there are echos of the plot and feel throughout. That is definitely a good thing. Affleck really brings the audience into the film. The audience really connects to the film through his character as he is likable and easy to relate to.
Jeremy Renner stirs up the story and the conflict as a much more aggressive reckless character. There are other great actors in small but effective roles, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper to name a couple.
This is another great film by director Ben Affleck, proving that Gone Baby Gone was no fluke. Affleck has a really nice directing style that lets you feel the movie very effectively through the actors expressions in a way that dialogue cant do alone. In both movies, he holds the camera on the actors face and from the different reactions we understand exactly what they are thinking without having to hear a single word of dialogue. If you want to see an example of this, watch Affleck’s expressions in a scene toward the end of the film while he is on a telephone call and you will know what I mean. It is a really great technique that I don’t see used a lot. In conclusion, Ben Affleck has really found his calling as a director. Both of these films feel real and flow very naturally. I look forward to more of his films.
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