Town

Town

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Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner

     
 

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Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favorSee more details below

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Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Director/co-writer Ben Affleck delivers a satisfying blend of heist thrills and human drama in The Town, a tightly scripted adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. Far from original yet confidently executed, Affleck's sophomore outing as a director shows that he has a good eye for action and character detail, two factors that help to keep The Town fresh even when it starts feeling overly familiar. It's easy to get caught on the film's ingenious hook (a bank robber discovers that a former hostage lives in his neighborhood, and befriends her in order to ensure she can't identify his gang), and the more screenwriters Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard reel us in, the clearer the film's theme about taking control of your own fate becomes. Yet despite the deeper subtext, it's the action that serves as the bait to draw us in, and once we bite on the opening scene, there's no letting go. In Charlestown, MA, bank robbery is a family business. Doug MacRay (Affleck) grew up there, and inherited the tools of the trade from his father, Stephen (Chris Cooper), a former thief serving a handful of consecutive life sentences for the slaying of two armored truck drivers. Unlike his father, Doug doesn't have a taste for violence, and prefers to leave the rough stuff to his volatile best friend and partner in crime, Jem (Jeremy Renner), who's quick with a pistol whip and twitchy on the trigger. When someone hits the alarm during their latest robbery, Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage, only freeing her once the gang has made a clean getaway. But when Jem checks her driver's license and realizes she lives just a few blocks away, he tells the gang that he's going to stalk her to see what she knows. Fearing that Jem's true intentions may be more insidious than precautionary, Doug volunteers for the job and quickly becomes romantically involved with Claire. Meanwhile, crafty FBI S.A. Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is given evidence that implicates one of Doug and Jem's colleagues in the recent robbery, and he starts to build a case against them. When a subsequent robbery goes awry and Ben announces that he's quitting the life, local heavy Fergus "Fergie" Colm (Pete Postlethwaite) forces him to take part in the ultimate heist -- a daring daytime robbery of Fenway Park. The Town fits snugly into the tradition of heist films featuring a sympathetic protagonist who seems to have fallen into his trade by fate rather than choice and is constantly searching for a way out. Caught between the grim reality of his situation and his optimistic hope for starting a new life, Affleck's working-class thug serves as an effective emotional access point for the viewer thanks to the fact that he operates by a strict (albeit criminal) code of ethics. And while his may be the most identifiable character in the film, Renner's and Hamm's remain the most compelling -- the former offering a carefully textured performance of a criminal who allowed his environment to shape his personality, and the latter portraying a lawman whose unnerving frankness and underhanded techniques have no doubt served him well over the course of his career. Hall handles the role of a trusting soul betrayed with the skill of a seasoned veteran, and Postlethwaite might just be the most menacing florist ever to befoul the big screen. Given his background in front of the camera, it comes as no surprise that Affleck is able to coax some convincing and impressive performances from his talented cast. The real revelation here is his ability to handle action; not only do his heist scenes display a particular talent for timing and tension, but a claustrophobic chase scene through the back alleys of Boston is more informed by a controlled 1970s aesthetic than the current trend toward camera flailing, and the approach helps to give the film a more timeless, classic feel than many of its flashy counterparts. Affleck deploys subtle character cues, such a as a timely cut to Renner after a telling line, and cleverly mirrors the robber's brutal techniques with those of the FBI during a chaotic raid in a way that keeps the story moving forward while simultaneously deepening the themes. As crime dramas go, The Town is a solid take on a tried-and-true genre with sly touches of dark humor that offer a satisfying sense of levity. Though it isn't the type of film that's likely to spark any major cinematic trends, it has all the familiar ingredients blended together in a way that gives its strengths more impact than its minor shortcomings, resulting in a genuine crowd pleaser.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0883929331826
Original Release:
2010
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
50,482

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Doug MacRay
Rebecca Hall Claire Keesey
Jon Hamm FBI S.A. Adam Frawley
Jeremy Renner James Coughlin
Blake Lively Krista Coughlin
Slaine Albert "Gloansy" Magloan
Owen Burke Desmond Elden
Titus Welliver Dino Ciampa
Pete Postlethwaite Fergus "Fergie" Colm
Chris Cooper Stephen MacRay
Dennis McLaughlin Rusty
Corena Chase Agent Quinlan
Brian Scannell Henry
Kerri Dunbar Henry's Girl
Tony V. Vericom Crew Chief
Isaac Bordoy Alex Colazzo
Michael Yebba Beacon G.I. Joe Driver
Daniel Woods BPD Sergeant at Krista's Accident
Jimmy Joe Maher Inside Man at Fenway
Mark Berglund Young Security Guard
Ralph Boutwell Cashcom Guard
Michael Romig Cashcom Guard
Michael Malvesti Atlantic Truck Courier
Jack Neary Arnold Washton
Edward O'Keefe Morton Previt
Joe Lawler Task Force Agent Conlan
Ben Hanson FBI SWAT Team Leader
Brian A. White FBI SWAT #1
Richard Caines FBI SWAT #2
Frank Garvin Police Captain
Danny Ring Cop Giving Statement
Gary Galone Internal Affairs Officer at Fenway
David Catanzaro Fenway Detective
Jeremiah Kissel Claire's Lawyer
Malik McMullen Plain Clothed FBI Agent
Charles C. Winchester Gate D Police Officer
Adam J. Husband Gate D Police Officer
Susan Rawlinson NA Speaker
Sean Locke NA Speaker
Peter Looney NA Speaker
Lennin Pena Colazzo's Friend
James McKittrick Cop Who Looks Away
Ted Arcidi Cedar Junction C.O.
Bryan Connolly Cedar Junction C.O. Visitors Area
Quan Liang Chen Monument Laundry Owner
Alex Winston Police Photographer
Michael F. Murphy Michael Houlihan
Michele Cressinger Margie
Kimberly Mahoney Warren Tavern Waitress
Bobby Curcuro Man in Harvard Square
Ginaya Green Krista's Friend
Nicole Page Krista's Friend
Georgia Lyman Neptune's Waitress
Robert Boyden Vericom Empoyee
Jamie Ghazarian Dancer at Foxy Lady

Technical Credits
Ben Affleck Director,Screenwriter
Marleen Alter Makeup
Peter Borck Art Director
David Buckley Score Composer
Chay Carter Co-producer
Peter Craig Screenwriter
David Crockett Executive Producer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
William Fay Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Allen Hall Special Effects Supervisor
Basil Iwanyk Producer
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Graham King Producer
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Murphy Asst. Director
David Schwartz Sound Mixer
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Aaron Stockard Screenwriter
Dylan Tichenor Editor
Thomas Tull Executive Producer

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