The Town is a very solid sophomore outing for director/writer/actor Ben Affleck. The bank heist action-drama taut, well-acted, and pulls of something a lot of films fail to do: make you root for the protagonists.
The story centers on the lives of bank robbery crew from Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston that's said to be the capital of bank robbery in the world. Ben Affleck is Doug Macray, the leader of the group who fins himself torn between his bank robbing roots and the the desire to change. Ironically, it is through a manager of a bank (played by Rebecca Hall) that the group robbed that triggers the change in Doug. By the time the movie is almost over, I'm sure you're pulling for the two to escape the vicious the two are in.
The thing I didn't like about this film is the thick Bostonian accent-- and this was the same thing I didn't like about Gone Baby Gone. There were a lot of times I didn't understand what the heck the characters were saying.
Is The Town worthy to be in the Oscars discussions this soon? Yes, if you ask me. I see Oscar nominations for Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall. Book it.
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