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My kind of 'Town'

by jmaloni
Thu, Sep 30th 2010 03:00 pm
Review by Matt Crouch

*What you are about to read is a cinematic review. Each movie is critiqued based on its rating-pending (PG or R), Genre (Comedy or Thriller), the acting, the score, the plot, and the overall quality of the movie. Hence, just because there are explosions, blood, or you think George Clooney/Megan Fox is "hot" does not mean it's a good film. Or does it. ... You be the judge.*

‘The Town' (2010)


Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite

Director:  Ben Affleck -- "Gone Baby Gone"

Written by: Peter Craig -- first major motion picture -- and Ben Affleck -- "Good Will Hunting"


As he plans his next job, a longtime thief (Affleck) tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager (Hall) connected to one of his earlier heists. Because of this recent turmoil, he tells his crew his robbing days might come to an end. But before he can throw in the towel, he must do one more heist while an FBI agent (Hamm) is looking to bring him and his crew down.


It's been a long time since I've seen Benny in a really good film -- probably since "Pearl Harbor." And I'm talking about a possible Oscar-nominated film. This is one of those films.

This movie is one of those films that you hear about, but forget to realize its everyday life in cities across America. Granted, this film is fictional, but the premise is real.

Affleck's character takes you on a journey through a life that he desperately wants out of, but has nowhere else to go. So, until he finds love, his life revolves around crime, drugs and murder. But what makes this film so good is that, even though he wants away from the heists, he also loves them ... because he's the best.

This is, by far, one of the best espionage thrillers I have seen. Not because it's so original, or that the acting was Oscar-worthy, but because they made it so real. You got a sense of every character's life, even the not-so-super-stars.

This is one of the best movies of the year (so far) for any one of you movie-lovers.


Any of you disappointed with "The Bank Job"?

4 out of 5 stars

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