Review: The Town (2010)

Wonderfully written and incredibly authentic, The Town is one of those films that keeps you engaged from start to finish, leaving you wanting for more but for all the right reasons.

Directed by Ben Affleck and adapted for the screen by Affleck, Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard, The Town tells the story of veteran thief Doug MacRay (Affleck) and the dilemma he faces when he falls for Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), the bank manager from his most recent heist, and the key element to bringing him and his entire team to their knees. Based on the Chuck Hogan novel ‘Prince of Thieves’, The Town also stars Jon Hamm as a persistent FBI agent who’s hot on MacRay’s tail, and Jeremy Renner as  MacRay’s hot-headed second in command.

Performance wise, Affleck, Renner and Hamm have never been better, but the real breakthrough performance comes from Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively.  Only in the film for a total of about 20 minutes, Lively manages to steal every scene she’s in as Renner’s drug addicted younger sister, who just can’t seem to let her life long love for MacRay go.  Generally speaking, there’s not one weak link in the cast as everyone delivers strong and memorable performances.

But of course, this is Affleck’s film and he owns every inch of it— in front of the camera and behind it. Under his direction he manages to capture genuine emotion from each of his actors, making it so that the audience never feels slighted in any way. The storytelling and dialogue serves as a heartfelt  representation of a life of crime, that not only focuses on the action of it all but also what  happens when you fall in love in the midst of it all.

The Town is definitely one of the best films of 2010, and one that will be remembered for years to come.  Congratulations Ben, for the first time in a long time, you finally got it right!

My Grade: 9/10

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