The Town was a great action, crime fighting, bank robbing film. After Ben Affleck’s excellent film, Gone Baby Gone in 2007, he is ready to jump back in the directors seat with The Town. By the looks of it, he came prepared! And not only did Mr. Affleck direct and star in it, he also helped Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard write it; based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan.
The movie takes place in the Charlestown section of Boston – introduced to us as the bank robbery capital of America. Affleck and Jeremy Renner star as Doug Macray and James Coughlin. The two boys grew up together in the same neighbor hood where both their fathers were huge bank robbers. As the movie opens, Macray and his crew take on their skeletor masks and hold up a local bank. Like father like son, right? Hostages were never an option for the men, but once they found out the silent alarm was tripped, they too the Bank manager, Claire (Rebecca Hall). Before releasing her James threatened her to not tell anything to the authorities. Even though she did not see their identity, Doug volunteers to keep tabs on Claire. Before they knew it, they had struck up a relationship. Now, with things at stake, Doug has to choose between the people he grew up and what is best for his future.
I thought this was a great movie! I loved the action scenes and the camera layout. Ben Affleck did a great job directing and playing his part. He had a heavy Boston accent and I liked it on him. :o) The ending was not as predictable as I expected, another plus. I do recommend this movie to people who like bank robbing, police chasing and barley escaping kind of movies.