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The Town (2010)

  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 96,705 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 150 min (DVD extended cut)
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The Town (2010)

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  • IMDb page: The Town (2010)
  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 96,705 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 125 min | 150 min (DVD extended cut)
  • Filming Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Budget: $37,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $92,173,235(USA)(2 January 2011)
  • Director: Ben Affleck
  • Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm
  • Original Music By: David Buckley  Harry Gregson-Williams   
  • Soundtrack: 99 Bottles
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Heist | Bank Manager | Bank Robbery | Prison | Hostage
Writing Credits By:
  • Peter Craig (screenplay) and
  • Ben Affleck (screenplay) &
  • Aaron Stockard (screenplay)
  • Chuck Hogan (novel "Prince of Thieves")

Known Trivia

  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Criminal Intent”.
  • Jeremy Renner decided to surround himself with actual convicted bank robbers in Charlestown for research reasons and to help him nail the accent.
  • Originally set to be directed by Adrian Lyne, but he had a falling out with Warner Bros., so they asked Ben Affleck to step in.
  • The film’s premiere was held at Fenway Park. The cast walked a red carpet along the first baseline.
  • Slaine (Gloansy) was a concession seller at Fenway Park as a teenager. He described going back there to shoot the film as “surreal.”
  • Matt Damon slipped into the press line at the premiere in Boston, hidden under a Boston Red Sox cap. He and Ben Affleck are childhood friends.
  • Director/star Ben Affleck was most concerned that the actors not have phony sounding Boston accents. When Blake Lively read for the part of Krista, she sounded so authentic that he asked her what part of Boston she grew up in. She was born and raised in California.
  • The original cut that Ben Affleck screened for producers was 4 hours long. After realizing that the film would never appeal to wide audiences, he cut the film down to 2 hours and 50 minutes in three days. After screening that version, the studio and producers loved it but knew that it was still too long. Affleck and producer Basil Iwanyk eventually had to cut beloved footage and personal favorite scenes to make the film work. The film then went through more change at a studio standpoint when they wanted the film at no more than 2hours and 10 minutes. Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours and 8 minutes, ultimately trimming action sequences, character development and dialog. Affleck, while happy with the theatrical cut, stated that an Extended Cut will be featured on the DVD and BluRay with deleted scenes on top of that. He also stated that, while the theatrical cut of The Town is a close adaptation of ‘Prince of Thieves’ (the novel which it is based on), the extended cut is a mirror of the novel, staying more true to the book.
  • The character Claire Keesey’s birthday is shown to be May 19, 1978, on the FBI interview record. Rebecca Hall, the actress who plays Claire, was also born on May 19, but four years later, in 1982.
  • As part of researching her role, Ben Affleck asked Blake Lively to visit the locals in the town of Charlestown. Lively spent one month hanging around with locals, their apartments, and bars before filming began.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: There are scenes with trees in full Autumn colors prior to the Fenway holdup, yet later there are scenes where the trees are green again. The film takes place in fall.

Plot: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. Full summary »  »

Story: The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include friends Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan and Desmond Elden. Doug and James in particular treat each other like family, as the Coughlins have realistically been as such to Doug since Doug's mother ran off and Doug's father, Stephen MacRay, was sent to prison. James' single mother sister, the drugged out Krista Coughlin, and Doug have a casual sexual relationship. The foursome carry out a mostly successful bank robbery, but due to circumstances take the bank manager, Claire Keesey, hostage for a short period before releasing her physically unharmed. They find out that Claire lives in Charlestown…Written by Huggo  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Four lifelong friendsDoug MacRay (Ben Affleck), James "Jem" Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert "Gloansy" Magloan (Slaine), and Desmond "Dez" Elden (Owen Burke), from the dangerous streets of Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusettsrob a Cambridge bank, taking bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage. After Claire’s release, Doug follows her and they begin a relationship. He explains to her that his mother deserted him and apparently moved to Tangerine, Florida.

FBI agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) surveils the crew and realizes they work for "Fergie" Colm (Pete Postlethwaite), a local florist. Doug is hesitant to undertake their next assignment, and his fears are confirmed during the robbery in the North End, where gunfire erupts. The police arrive quickly, a chase ensues, and the team barely escapes.

During a visit to his father (Chris Cooper) at the local federal prison, Doug reveals he is planning to leave Charlestown. Jem approaches Doug with another job, but he turns it down. He tells Fergie he will not do the job, but Fergie reveals that Doug’s mother never left the familyshe committed suicide after Fergie got her addicted to drugs in retaliation for Doug’s father attempting to also leaveand warns that he will kill Claire if Doug does not do the job. Doug finally agrees.

He and Jem enter Fenway Park dressed as Boston police officers, trick the guards and counting room staff (Edward O’Keefe), steal millions of dollars, and prepare to leave in an ambulance dressed as paramedics. Meanwhile, the FBI has surrounded the building. Jem spots SWAT officers and begins to shoot. In the firefight, Dez is killed. Gloansy creates a diversion and is also killed while Doug and Jem put their cop uniforms back on and slip out. Agent Frawley figures out the ruse, catches sight of Jem, and tries to arrest him. Jem fires at Frawley and tries to escape, but he is cornered by the police. He has a shootout with the police in the middle of the street, and manages to kill a few of the officers before being wounded in the leg by a blast from Frawley’s shotgun. Knowing there is no way out, Jem chooses to let the police kill him in suicide by cop fashion, rather than go to prison for the rest of his life.

Doug escapes in a police cruiser, heads to Town Flowers, and kills Fergie. He calls Claire and asks her to come away with him, but he is watching from a house nearby and can see the FBI are in the same room with her. Claire, at first tells him to come to the room to pick her up, but in the end gives him a coded message to warn him that the FBI are there. Doug puts on an MBTA uniform and escapes from Boston. Later, Claire finds a bag buried in a community garden which she tends. The bag contains money, a tangerine and a note that ends with "I’ll see you again, on this side or the other." Claire uses the money to finance the renovation of a local hockey rink, and dedicates it to Doug’s mother.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Chay Carter known as co-producer
  • David Crockett known as executive producer
  • William Fay known as executive producer
  • Basil Iwanyk known as producer
  • Jon Jashni known as executive producer
  • Graham King known as producer
  • Thomas Tull known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:
  • Ben Affleck known as Doug MacRay
  • Rebecca Hall known as Claire Keesey
  • Jon Hamm known as FBI S.A. Adam Frawley
  • Jeremy Renner known as James Coughlin
  • Blake Lively known as Krista Coughlin
  • Slaine known as Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan
  • Owen Burke known as Desmond Elden
  • Titus Welliver known as Dino Ciampa
  • Pete Postlethwaite known as Fergus 'Fergie' Colm
  • Chris Cooper known as Stephen MacRay
  • Dennis McLaughlin known as Rusty
  • Corena Chase known as Agent Quinlan
  • Brian Scannell known as Henry
  • Kerri Dunbar known as Henry's Girl
  • Tony V. known as Vericom Crew Chief (as Tony V)
  • Isaac Bordoy known as Alex Colazzo
  • Michael Yebba known as Beacon G.I. Joe Driver
  • Daniel Woods known as BPD Sergeant at Krista's Accident
  • Jimmy Joe Maher known as Inside Man at Fenway
  • Mark Berglund known as Young Security Guard
  • Ralph Boutwell known as Cashcom Guard
  • Michael Romig known as Cashcom Guard
  • Michael Malvesti known as Atlantic Truck Courier
  • Jack Neary known as Arnold Washton
  • Ed O'Keefe known as Morton Previt (as Edward O'Keefe)
  • Joe Lawler known as Task Force Agent Conlan
  • Ben Hanson known as FBI SWAT Team Leader
  • Brian A. White known as FBI SWAT #1
  • Richard Caines known as FBI SWAT #2
  • Frank Garvin known as Police Captain
  • Danny Ring known as Cop Giving Statement
  • Gary Galone known as Internal Affairs Officer at Fenway
  • David Catanzaro known as Fenway Detective
  • Jeremiah Kissel known as Claire's Lawyer
  • Malik McMullen known as Plain Clothed FBI Agent
  • Charles C. Winchester III known as Gate D Police Officer
  • Adam J. Husband known as Gate D Police Officer
  • Danny DeMiller known as Eskimo Story Speaker
  • Susan Rawlinson known as NA Speaker
  • Sean Locke known as NA Speaker
  • Peter Looney known as NA Speaker
  • Lennin Pena known as Colazzo's Friend
  • James McKittrick known as Cop Who Looks Away
  • Ted Arcidi known as Cedar Junction C.O.
  • Bryan Connolly known as Cedar Junction C.O. Visitors Area
  • Quan Liang Chen known as Monument Laundry Owner
  • Alex Winston known as Police Photographer
  • Michael F. Murphy known as Michael Houlihan
  • Michele Cressinger known as Margie
  • Kimberly Mahoney known as Warren Tavern Waitress
  • Bobby Curcuro known as Man in Harvard Square
  • Ginaya Green known as Krista's Friend
  • Nicole Page known as Krista's Friend
  • Georgia Lyman known as Neptune's Waitress
  • Robert Boyden known as Vericom Employee
  • Jamie Ghazarian known as Dancer at Foxy Lady
  • Tommy Dallace known as FBI Special Agent Danny Hawkins
  • Chick Bernhardt known as Marty McGuire (uncredited)
  • Stephen Bishop known as Derrick (uncredited)
  • David Boston known as Man at Casino Cash in Window Line (uncredited)
  • Katelyn Cahill known as Student / Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Cairis known as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Corazzini known as Boston Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Mary A. DeBriae known as Poker Player (uncredited)
  • Alexandra East known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Steven Fabiano known as Cop Who Cuffs Doug at Boston Sand and Gravel (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Feingold known as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Keith Fluker known as Boston PD (uncredited)
  • Carlos Foglia known as FBI Agent Gary Clark (uncredited)
  • Jim Ford known as FBI SWAT (uncredited)
  • John Franchi known as Townie (uncredited)
  • Victor Garber known as Assistant Bank Manager (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Gillies known as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Rich Manley known as Boston Police (uncredited)
  • Dan Marshall known as Pedestrian Harvard Professor / Graduate Student (uncredited)
  • Jeff Martineau known as Car Driver (uncredited)
  • Robert Masiello known as Train Conductor (uncredited)
  • Kevin McCormick known as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Thomas Olson known as CSI Officer (uncredited)
  • Don Orsillo known as Red Sox Play-by-Play Announcer (uncredited)
  • Chris Palermo known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Americo Presciutti known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Duncan Putney known as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Eric Ryan known as Boston Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Billy Silvia known as FBI Task Force (uncredited)
  • Rich Skinner known as Corrections Officer (uncredited)
  • George J. Vezina known as FBI Special Task Force Agent (uncredited)
  • Billy 'V' Vigeant known as FBI Task Force Agent (uncredited)
..
 

Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Marleen Alter known as makeup artist
  • Raul Hernandez known as hair stylist
  • John E. Jackson known as makeup department head
  • Cathrine A. Marcotte known as key hair stylist
  • Trish Seeney known as key makeup artist
  • Kelvin R. Trahan known as hair department head
  • Chris Grondin known as makeup effects painter (uncredited)
  • Brenda McNally known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Koji Ohmura known as special makeup effects: W.M. Creations (uncredited)
  • Nichole Pleau known as key makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department:
  • Joseph Barillaro known as scenic charge
  • David Henry Buck known as construction foreman
  • Douglas Fox known as property master
  • China Iwata known as assistant property master (as China Fox)
  • Dan Joy known as stand-by painter
  • George Lee known as set designer (as George R. Lee)
  • Denis Leining known as art department coordinator
  • Jason Mayoh known as storyboard artist
  • Don Miloyevich known as property master: second unit
  • Adam Roffman known as on-set dresser
  • David Rotondo known as construction coordinator
  • Jeffrey Schneider known as leadman (as Jeff Schneider)
  • Michelle Sherwood known as property assistant
  • Brandon Smith known as graphic artist
  • Tom Sola known as construction foreman
  • Peter Wilcox known as location foreman
  • Jason Allard known as stand-by carpenter (uncredited)
  • Paula Bird known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Shane Buckallew known as lead plaster foreman (uncredited)
  • Daniel Cariolo known as art production assistant (uncredited)
  • Jason Case known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • Jessica Case known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Mimi Coleman known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Stefan Couture known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Jack Coyle known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Debbie Cutler known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Tom Diorio known as picture car fabricator (uncredited)
  • James Fernandez known as on-set dresser: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Jaima Fogg known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Michael Geoghegan known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Gerbino known as armourer (uncredited)
  • Matt Harrington known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Ryan McCoy Johnson known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Wayne Kimball known as on-set dresser: second unit (uncredited)
  • Hannah King known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as additional graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Brett McKenzie known as art department coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Jeremy M. Pereira known as stand-by painter: second unit (uncredited)
  • Jeff Plauster known as general foreman: re-shoots (uncredited)
  • Andrew Poleszak known as draper (uncredited)
  • John Pungitore known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Molly Randall known as construction production assistant (uncredited)
  • Dawn Marie Richard known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • David Rickson known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Peter Rippe known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • John Ryder known as props (uncredited)
  • Christopher Sawtelle known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Amy R. Strong known as additional buyer (uncredited)
  • Terry Synnott known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Casey Van Maanen known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Larry J. White II known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Woodward known as set designer (uncredited)
..
 

Companies

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presentation)
  • Legendary Pictures (in association with)
  • GK Films
  • Thunder Road Pictures (as Thunder Road Film)

Other Companies:

  • Tony's Food Service  caterer
  • Fox Craft  craft services
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Scarlet Letters  main and end titles
  • Silva Screen Records  score album
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts  special thanks (as The Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
  • City of Boston  special thanks (as The City of Boston)
  • Charlestown  special thanks
  • Boston Police Department, The  special thanks (as Boston Police Department)
  • Massachusetts Film Office  special thanks
  • Boston Red Sox  special thanks
  • Department of Harvard Athletics  special thanks
  • Major League Baseball Properties  permission: Major League Baseball trademarks and footage
  • MLB Advanced Media  permission: Major League Baseball trademarks and footage
  • Paramount Pictures  licensing: "The Friends of Eddie Coyle"
  • Giesecke & Devrient America  currency counters
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes and dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote and stabilized camera systems
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • Kodak  motion picture products
  • Cinema Mechanics  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables (uncredited)
  • Doggicam Systems  SparrowHead provided by
  • DoggieCam Systems  sparrow head (uncredited)
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • High Output  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • Lanoue Film Arts  artwork (uncredited)
  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  star trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  transportation (uncredited)
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services (uncredited)
  • Pictorvision  Eclipse aerial camera system (uncredited)
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment (uncredited)
  • Studio Grips  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment (uncredited)

Distributors:

  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2010) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Polska (2010) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2011) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Vídeo (2011) (Brazil) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Hydraulx (visual effects) (as [hy*drau"lx])
  • Invisible Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:
  • Casey Allen known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx]
  • Richard Hirst known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx]
  • Dave Levine known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx] (as David Levine)
  • Brian Nugent known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx]
  • Josh Singer known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx]
  • Jeremiah Sweeney known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx] (as Jeremiah Sweeny)
  • Holli Alvarado known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • Spencer Armajo known as flame artist (uncredited)
  • Trent Claus known as flame artist (uncredited)
  • Brian Conlon known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Kevin Del Colle known as digital film scanner (uncredited)
  • Sean Devereaux known as plate supervisor (uncredited)
  • Brian Drewes known as on-set visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Dick Edwards known as visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects (uncredited)
  • Miles Friedman known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Zack Judson known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Max Leonard known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Eric Neill known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Robert Olsson known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • Austin Roderique known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner (uncredited)
  • Cliff Welsh known as flame compositor (uncredited)
  • Yan Zhou known as matchmove artist: Pixomondo (uncredited)
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as visual effects: [hy*drau"lx] (uncredited)
Release Date:
  • Italy 8 September 2010 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Canada 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 14 September 2010 (Boston, Massachusetts) (premiere)
  • France 15 September 2010
  • Switzerland 15 September 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Canada 17 September 2010
  • USA 17 September 2010
  • Greece 19 September 2010 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Germany 23 September 2010
  • Switzerland 23 September 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 24 September 2010
  • Brazil 24 September 2010 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 24 September 2010
  • UK 24 September 2010
  • Belgium 29 September 2010
  • Philippines 6 October 2010
  • Italy 8 October 2010
  • Australia 14 October 2010
  • Portugal 14 October 2010
  • India 15 October 2010
  • Argentina 21 October 2010
  • Greece 21 October 2010
  • Hungary 21 October 2010
  • Kazakhstan 21 October 2010
  • Netherlands 21 October 2010
  • Peru 21 October 2010
  • Russia 21 October 2010
  • Singapore 21 October 2010
  • Estonia 22 October 2010
  • Uruguay 22 October 2010
  • Egypt 27 October 2010
  • Croatia 28 October 2010
  • Denmark 28 October 2010
  • Brazil 29 October 2010
  • Bulgaria 29 October 2010
  • Iceland 29 October 2010
  • Mexico 29 October 2010
  • Spain 29 October 2010
  • Japan 31 October 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Kuwait 4 November 2010
  • Serbia 4 November 2010
  • Norway 19 November 2010 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 27 November 2010 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Panama 3 December 2010
  • Hong Kong 9 December 2010
  • Finland 10 December 2010
  • Sweden 15 December 2010
  • Turkey 24 December 2010
  • South Korea 27 January 2011
  • Japan 5 February 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Jerique (kris.hopson@hotmail.com) from Canada
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    I was wrong about Ben Affleck. I never believed that Affleck was ever a star. I never saw him as a director-type. I do admit I was wrong, though. Ben Affleck was truly incredible as Doug McCray, and I've never seen him work his acting at such a high level. As far as the plot of the film goes, it's very engaging. The trailer doesn't give this film justice as it's very intense and romantic at times.

    Jeremy Renner is quite intimidating and Blake Lively is sexy, Ben Affleck is gripping and the supporting cast is incredibly powerful. I think the movie was powerful and not at all predictable. I couldn't wait to see what would happen and if Doug would get away. It's such a greatly crafted movie. From writing to acting this film is wickedly astounding.

    I thought that the sex scene was over too quickly, but it was made up with all the action. I thoroughly enjoyed the chase scenes. I thought the action sequences were well-drawn out. I loved the bank robbery scenes of the blue masks and the nun outfits. I especially liked Ben's scenes with the sledge hammer and the scene where he says, "if I think anything might happen to her, I'm gonna kill both of you." It's a clip from the trailer, but it's so much better when it happens in the film.

    It's driven as an action film with drama and romance on the side. There's a few chuckles along the way, but pretty much sparse. I thought the romance was done just enough and I felt the drama was perfectly done and drastically added to the plot, as well as the tone of the film.

    It's certainly the best heist movie I've ever seen. In comparison, if you called Inception a heist movie, this movie is a better heist movie. I really think this is the Heat of the decade. I truly believe that Affleck is in his peek of his career and this is his greatest performance, directing, writing and acting. I'm overjoyed and excited to see his next piece of work.
  2. blackmambamark from United States
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    My Oh My how Ben Affleck has had a up and down career. Starting out as the cheesy yet funny guy in those Kevin Smith flicks, to the academy award winning writer of "Good Will Hunting", all the way back down to the pathetic string of acting he produced only 10 years ago. But there is a silver lining….with his directorial debut in "Gone Baby Gone", and his much improved acting in "Hollywoodland". Ben Affleck is beginning to once again prove his worth in Tinsel Town. Hopefully he can continue to feverish pace.

    Well i can say with complete just, that this is the best "Heist" movie since "Swordfish"……Now i know most of you may not like "Swordfish", but what other bank robbery movie can you compare it to in the past 10 years? Maybe "Snatch"? "Lock Stock"?….eh, if you classify those movies as "Heist" pictures, than okay, it's the best heist movie since "Snatch" or maybe even "Oceans 11"….either way, it's a big compliment.

    Ben Affleck has certainly proved that "Gone Baby Gone" was not a fluke. He can actually direct a major motion picture. And not only can he do it, he does it very well. Sure the movie had some minor flaws, but nothing that takes too much away from the overall big picture. The best way i can compare it is…..it's like an east coast "Heat". Now, the group is not as fool proof or professional as the gang in "Heat"……well, let's face it, you will probably never top that group in movie…..ever. But never the less, the style of film making really pulls you into each sequence, whether it be the action packed bank robbery, the emotional dialog between characters, or the intense decisions the players all must endure.

    The movie doesn't try to WOW! you by offering a different style of bank robbery. Which is a good thing, because you really run the risk of tripping over your own two feet in the process. But i really think the major factor in this film, was the acting. Everyone came to play ball in this one……..but i can also say this with complete confidence…….Ben Affleck was the best actor in this movie. Yes, i know it's hard to swallow for some of you, but he really showed us all, what he is truly capable of doing. So Mr. Affleck, let me tip my hat to you and say job well done sir. You took a lot of crap to the face, and you wiped it off, and came back strong.

    Bottom Line……Yes, i can honestly say that this is one of the best movies of the year so far. Sure the movie gets a little sappy at the end, but it's pretty necessary. But overall, your very well entertained.

    I read an article a few months ago about even after "Gone Baby Gone", people still wouldn't hire Affleck as a director. And he had to fight tooth and nail to land this deal. Well, hopefully now you can find more work buddy, because you have certainly earned it.
  3. Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    Ben Affleck's second feature film as a director — if nothing else – proves he's no fluke. In all the ways his sincere and revealing debut "Gone Baby Gone" succeeds, so does "The Town." Both are Boston-based crime dramas that are both touchingly dramatic at times yet gripping at others. More impressive with his work on "The Town," however, is that it proves he could just as easily go on to direct an action blockbuster as he could an Oscar-winning drama.

    It starts with the cast and the performances he gets from them. In 2007, he helped Amy Ryan to a supporting actress nomination, and that's ignoring the other talents in the film such as Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Ed Harris. In "The Town," he gets Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner in his first major film since his breakout in "The Hurt Locker" and Jon Hamm in his first major film since TV's "Mad Men" took off. He also gets a pair of up-and-comers in Rebecca Hall and "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively. And that's not to mention Pete Postelthwaite and Chris Cooper. Next to "Inception," it's the best ensemble cast of the year.

    Based on the Chuck Hogan novel "Prince of Thieves," the film follows a team of bank robbers from Charlestown, an area notorious for grooming the best at intercepting armored cars and taking down banks. As with "Gone Baby Gone," also based on a novel (by Dennis Lehane), the city of Boston and the people and culture are as important to Affleck as the plot. He's sure to let shots of the Charlestown bridge and Fenway Park soak in amidst the ever-building pinch the main characters are in.

    Doug MacRay (Affleck) and his buddy Jim (Renner) and a couple others pull off a bank job in the opening scene, but when it doesn't go exactly as planned, they're forced to kidnap the bank manager (Hall). To make sure she didn't see anything and can hand them on a platter to the feds (led by Jon Hamm's Special Agent Frawley), Doug trails her, only to find himself falling for her.

    "The Town" is one of those crime dramas/bank-job action films that while not revelatory for the genre, executes everything well and sticks to a character-driven story in order to stay meaningful. Perhaps the reason it works so well is because it floats in between the drama, never becoming too much of a guns 'n robbers flick, but also not slipping into crime melodrama for too long. Affleck's performance as MacRay acts in accordance; it's tastefully understated and he lets go of the machismo that has marred a few of his previous roles.

    The film also has an unexpected but much appreciated sense of humor. In a mile-a-minute crime drama/thriller, you don't expect to laugh the way you will in "The Town," which speaks even more to the writing and Affleck's versatility. Even if there are some plot conventions and no-surprise characters (as good as Hamm is, he's playing every other quick-witted FBI guy in films), the dialogue is sharp, the story is exciting and the way we are so easily able to see things from MacRay's perspective as the bank robber who wants out makes up for any use of convention as a crutch.

    There's no doubt that if "The Town" becomes a success that studios will seek out Affleck for some more high-profile projects and it will certainly be interesting to see how he handles material not rooted in Boston sub-culture. As long as he continues to get such memorable performances out of his actors, he'll be doing things on the other end of the camera for a long time to come.

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  4. Mino from Romania
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm

    I've been reading a couple of reviews here, and was surprised, granted out of only 10 comments written to this moment, to see raving blabber on "most complex heist movie since…", or "Ben has proved that x movie was not a fluke", and even references to "Good Will ..", and one even mentioned Oscar nominations. Obviously some of these people have been born only 10 years ago, or else they would recognize the botched rip-off of such heist movies as Point Break 1991, or more recently Heat 1995(which is a remake of a lesser version of itself LA Takedown 1989), to name but the most shamelessly plagiarized ones. So Ben didn't really dig too deep for inspiration. I will call it inspiration although a plagiarism law suit wouldn't come as a surprise to me in relation to The Town. I guess Ben saw himself as kind of a Mc Cauley-de Niro in Heat, Hamm would be Hanna-Pacino, Jeremy Renner a kind of Tom Sizemore-Cheritto, and Rebecca Hall-Amy Brenneman-Eady. I especially liked the phone conversation between Ben and her where she stands at the window with all police waiting and she gives him the sign, wink!,that she's under surveillance and he should split…(to use a bit of heist flick lingo, myself)Does it remind anyone of the scene where Ashley Judd gives Val Kilmer the sign that he should disappear, after the heist gone wrong? I guess not, for the time being.

    I won't even start with the gratuitous work-out scene where Ben shows us his six-pack…that's Sly-land already, where he creates opportunities for himself, like Rocky. Also, there are some f-word written to a small piece of paper jokes, the guys in the last row will laugh at for sure. Real brain puzzlers. Acting, on Ben's part is no surprise. He walks around frown-mouthed and thinks he is in character. Pityfull. Hamm does not have another persona outside Mad Men, and should stick to TV, in my opinion. Direction-I especially enjoyed the shaky close-up camera work during the action sequences, to create dynamism, no doubt Ben must have thought to himself.

    Altogether a plot-holes filled rip-off, and not a good one at that, either.

    Oh, and one more thing, why again did Bendoug have to go poking around Claire? To find out how much she knows? After the FBI had already questioned her? So he can attract more attention to himself? Well I guess by asking these questions the whole plot kind of unravels like a poorly woven 5 bucks sweater when you pull a loose thread…

  5. Eternality from Singapore
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm

    I react with some measure of disappointment to Ben Affleck's newest feature, The Town. Starring himself, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, 2009), and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008), this crime-heist thriller is set in Charlestown, Boston, where every other day there seems to be an armed robbery happening. Produced by Graham King, who won the Best Picture Oscar for Scorsese's The Departed (2006), which is also set in Boston, The Town is a generic crime-thriller that offers nothing more than two hours of average entertainment.

    The film follows Affleck's character, Doug , as he faces a turning point in his life. He leads a gang of masked armed robbers but wants to quit a life of crime and change for good. His dream of a better future is spurred on by a coincidental romance with Claire (Hall), who was an unharmed victim (and a key witness) of one of his heist schemes. To complicate things, Claire does not know that Doug was involved in that heist. Worse, his partner-in-crime, James (Renner), a volatile, Joe Pesci-like madman, discovers their relationship and threatens to kill her.

    There is a scene with these three characters together, sitting around a table at an outdoor café. This is perhaps the only moment in the film that causes a significant degree of uneasiness and tension in the viewer. Sad to say, much of the entire film does not live up to its "thriller" tag. As a crime-thriller, it is a borderline passable entry. That is not good enough for Affleck, whose debut directing effort Gone Baby Gone has shown that he is capable of making a noteworthy thriller.

    The Town has reasonably well-executed action sequences, but they amount to nothing if the story is one-dimensional, and the characters underdeveloped. The romance between Doug and Claire, which I feel to be the film's central narrative thread, is clearly lacking in development, thus when the film closes with their separation, and ends with the line "…see you again, this side or the other", it feels unconvincing.

    The Town's standout performance is credited to Renner. He steals the screen every time he appears, but his characterization is limited to the stereotypical caricature of a bad-ass gangster. Nevertheless, Renner's performance helps to engage the viewer whenever the story fails to do so. As for Affleck's performance, there is no surprise in store for us. He is weak in acting and should stick to directing instead. But hey, I am starting to have doubts about his directing too.

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  6. littlengine from Canada
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    Last night I saw the sneak peek of the Town. Driving for 30 minutes and waiting in the huge line to get into the theatre I thought to myself, this film better be worth it. I can tell you now, I was not disappointed. This film delivered in so many ways. Ben Affleck surprised me again with his screenplay, directing and acting, showing me that he is a force in this world. The rest of the casting was brilliant as well. Jeremy Renner was breathtaking as Gem, playing the troubled and hardened career criminal. Blake Lively stunned me as Krista. I did not think she had the skill to pull off such a character and she delivered in all of her scenes. Pete Postlewaite has some amazing dialogue and is frighteningly amazing in his role. Overall this movie absolutely delivers because of the emotional content that allows the audience to become attached to the characters, and the amazing action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. All in all, I must say that this is one of the best films of the year.
  7. Matt_Layden from Canada
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    A bank robbery goes a little different than planned when one of the robbers takes a hostage. Doug (Affleck) has to duty to check up on the hostage after she is let go, to see if she knows anything about the crew. Surprise, they start dating. Can he continue his life of robbing banks and have a love life? Will his crew accept that he is with her? Will she ever find out? This is The Town.

    Gone Baby Gone was his first directorial effort set in the city of Boston, The Town is his second. Ben obviously loves the city and if he keeps making films like these two, I'll be happy with some more Boston. I'm not going to preach about which film is better, their both different. Gone Baby Gone has more of an emotional punch with it's climax and tough decisions. The Town doesn't reach those heights, but it's a well made tense action thriller with a bit of a romance thrown in.

    This time Affleck is in front of the camera as well. He seems to have left his pretty boy blockbuster image behind him. I'm thankful, I can only take so many Armageddons or Pearl Harbors. He's matured as an actor, this is evident by his roles as of late. State of Play and Hollywoodland are two examples. Of course he's had some fun films in between, but he's probably the best thing about those. Extract anyone?

    For The Town he has assembled quite the cast. Jeremy Renner, who is hot off of The Hurt Locker plays his buddy with an attitude who won't think twice about pulling the trigger if you're in his way. Mad Men's Jon Hamm who is the FBI agent on their trail, his partner is Man in Black actor Titus Welliver, who was also in Gone Baby Gone. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him in films and if he's Affleck's good luck charm, all the better. Blake Lively has a small role and she does skanky a little too well. She has a thing for Affleck's character and she has a daughter, but he's obviously fallen for someone else. Rebecca Hall, who has the hard role of playing the woman who is dating her abductor. Things don't look too well for this relationship.

    The Town shows Affleck's ability at directing action sequences. Gone Baby Gone wasn't full of gunfights and car chases, but The Town is. There are three separate heists in the film, the opening, the middle section and the climactic ending. All three are different from each other, one is in a bank, the other a truck and finally a baseball stadium. Each heist was exciting to watch and gave you those Heat moments. It's obviously the Heat was influential in the making of this film. It seems all movies that have robberies in them look to Heat.

    Ben Affleck had a hand in writing the film, he of course won an Oscar with Matt Damon for writing Good Will Hunting. It appears he's found his footing once again and hopefully the allure of the blockbuster won't claim him once more. The Town is a successful film made for adults. It's slick, well acted and has enough thrilling moments to keep those who seek it entertained. The film centres mostly on Affleck and his new love and the heist bits are second fodder. Renner is the only one who gets some spotlight from the crew, the other two are simply background faces. The Town does it's job as a movie and Ben Affleck has found himself a new career.
  8. simon-prometheus from Canada
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm
    To say that The Town is everything Takers tried to be and failed at would actually be an insult to Ben Affleck's latest film. Mentioning that bland rehashing in the same breath would imply they even exist on the same plane, but the honest truth is this gritty Boston crime drama is something special and the best film of the early fall season.

    Affleck's first foray into directing with the Dennis Lehane adaptation Gone Baby Gone shocked viewers and the critical community in kind, showing that a fading acting career does not mean one is down-and-out in Hollywood. Affleck marries his two passions in The Town, directing, producing and writing the film as well as starring in the lead role, his first since 2003's Paycheck. He owns this comeback performance, successfully wiping any lingering distaste from duds like Daredevil or Gigli. This is by no means a one-man show, but The Town has nothing close to a weak link, in fact, this may be one of the finest pieces of ensemble acting in years.

    Joining Affleck in a supporting role is Jeremy Renner, fresh off his best actor Oscar nomination for The Hurt Locker and he beyond a doubt proves he is no one-hit wonder. This is Oscar-worthy acting yet again for Renner, nailing his Boston accent along with his loose-cannon mentality. He is terrifying, but impossible to pry your eyes away from. The most shocking revelation comes from Blake Lively (TV's "Gossip Girl") as a doped-up mother with more than a few issues. She is not only unrecognizable, but owns her role, never calling attention to her drastic deviation from type. Substantial buzz was also placed in the way of John Hamm from the acclaimed television drama Mad Men. He is sufficiently pompous as a dedicated FBI agent also scoring a number of the films laughs.

    Before I wander too much further into specifics, the characters in The Town populate a Boston suburb called Charlestown, which an introductory message informs us, is the world-center for bank robbers. Affleck's Doug MacRay heads a team of those in such a profession including Renner as James Coughlin and two others played by Slaine, and Owen Burke. During one of their routine bank heists, they are forced to take a hostage (Rebecca Hall) during their hasty escape. Afterwards, to make sure she does not know anything incriminating following her release from captivity, MacRay follows her and inadvertently falls for her in the process.

    There is nothing particularly revelatory about The Town, there are few surprises or much that deviates from a standard crime drama. But Affleck directs with such skill and confidence while showcasing yet another peek into suburban Boston that it is never less than riveting. There is an overlying sense of impeding dread that perforates The Town and a handful of sensational action sequences do little to let up the firm grasp the film has on our windpipes. Propelled by faultless acting and a pitch- perfect script, this slice of the Boston criminal underworld is everything for which we could have hoped following such a bland summer. Affleck has always been a star, and if he continues to produce films of this pedigree, then there might be hope for the movies yet.
  9. arantxa from World
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm

    Come on! 8.4 out of 10??? And it is being compared to Snatch or Lock Stock??? Who are you people??? First of all, there are so many flaws that I even felt uncomfortable watching. You go to a laundry room just to check out the chick you had kidnapped and miraculously, she starts crying and then talks to you, and then accepts to go out with you (a stranger) and then falls for you ('cause you are so irresistible). Right. Just like that. It's so simple, isn't it? Piece of cake, Ben. After FBI knowing that the chick is dating the suspect, there is no surveillance on her, nor her house…. nothing! Instead of waiting for them to get together and catch him at the end, they go to her place and play that typical stupid scene, with her giving him the hint not to show up. And the FBI dude is SO smart that he gets it and takes all his men away. Also, the second robbery, what a coincidence that the fourth guy shows up at the last second on that street and saves them… And all that time spreading the gas and moving bags of money, no police officers shooting at them, no other cops show up from the other streets, no helicopters….. Right. And what a great gesture that right after he tries to find out the truth about his mom with his dad, the flower guy starts giving him all that gratuitous information and tells him the whole story. Of course, because that info is not going to make him mad and make him want to kill him, it's just going to make him scare…. In the third one, they get out of the building alive dressed up as police cops, and Ben watches how they surround and kill his friend until the last second, instead of just disappearing himself. Right. Oh! And he gets out of there in a police car, nicely and smooth. Nobody thinks it's weird that the police car is leaving right after a crazy shooting. And not only that, but he is such a very good person, that he leaves all that money to that chick that he just met what, a month ago?? Right. Just like in real life. And how did the police know it was them in first place, if they left nothing behind from the beginning?? Ahhhh. So much absurdity. What's up with Ben showing us his abs while doing pull ups?? Everyone is doing so in all movies now… Wow, how cool, eh? Even George Clooney has that scene himself. I think it's an OK movie to entertain yourself for a bit, with some decent action but nothing memorable or great about it. I feel sorry for all those who think it's the best movie of the year. Hahaha. They have obviously never known any better. I am being nice giving it a 5.

  10. pottz1 from United States
    17 Nov 2011, 9:10 pm

    Typically movies do not make enough of an impact on me that I feel I need to comment. "The Town" however is certainly one of those movies. How a movie like this can be made without a ton of money being exchanged between the writers of the original work and the plagiarists who reconstituted a couple of old script's is beyond me? This movie simply combined the plots of two previous made Hollywood movies entitled "Heat" and "Point Break", packaged it in a different city, Boston instead of Los Angeles, and added the dreadful acting and directing of Ben Affleck. I just wish I could get my money back for having paid for this awful movie. After all, I've already see "Heat" and "Point Break" dozens of times and like them both. I'm not going to rehash the storyline but I do want to point out a few things that particularly annoyed me about this movie. The first is the part is the rip from "Shawshank Redemption" where she dug up the bag of money. This scene worked so magnificently in Shawshank because you desperately wanted the characters to end up in Zihuatanejo as free men. When the female character in "The Town" dug up the bag, I was hoping she would give it to the authorities so they could expedite the process of tracking down the thug murderer who buried it there and throw him in the electric chair. In other words, I didn't find any of characters sympathetic, compelling or likable. Second, are we really supposed to believe a successful, single, very good looking woman would fall for an uneducated, ruthless killer thug from Southie? Really? Finally, in this day and age of "CSI" and "BONES", are we supposed to believe Affleck's character is just going to lay low in Florida for the rest of his life? That final scene was almost as ridiculous as the part where he was working out. What was that? Was that some sort of dare between he and his Hollywood buddies to have a comparatively and equally lame scene like the one in "Top Gun" when they are playing volleyball? If you have not seen this movie yet, save yourself the time and money.

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