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"The Town" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

The Town

Synopsis

In Boston, there is a community called Charlestown, and apparently there are more bank robberies there than anywhere else in the United States.

Doug MacRay (Affleck) is a member of a band of robbers who are very professional in the way they go about robbing banks. They have been successful in every robbery and escaped with no clues as to who they are.

During one of the robberies, Doug takes one of the bank employees, Claire (Hall), hostage, but lets her go after they get away. He spies on her to see if she has any clue as to their identity, and to make sure she doesn't talk to the FBI, but after meeting her a few times, falls in love with her. One of the other robbers, Gem (Renner), wants to know what is going on between them, and would prefer to just kill her to insure her silence.

In the meantime, FBI Agent Frawley (Hamm) puts together a team to catch the robbery team on their next trip to the bank. Finding a clue that leads him to Doug, they watch and wait.

Doug decides that he wants out, so that he and Claire can go to some other city and make a life for themselves, but is forced to take part in one last heist by the gang leader who owns Town Florist.

That one last bank robbery is the one that the FBI has been waiting for.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 5 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Chris Cooper
  • Directed by Ben Affleck
    Rating
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  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Ben Affleck has never been a very good actor, but he not only is great in this film (probably because Charlestown is where he came from), but a good director too. The story moves right along, with twists and turns and plenty of action, but mostly focuses on loyalty among thieves. I really was surprised at how good this movie was and enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Technical

The image quality is as good as it gets, and there is ample surround sound that delivers the flavor of the violence in a suburb community of a big city.

Extras

These include Ben's Boston (Affleck illustrates how he made a movie in his home town), Filming in the North End, Nuns with Guns, and Pulling off the Perfect Heist. There is also an extended version of the movie, and BD-Live.