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Ben Affleck, Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall | Theatrical release: 2010 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
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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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 883929106288

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:DVD

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Editorial reviews

4.5 stars out of 5 -- "This taut story about a guy trying to get out of the criminal life into which he was born is loaded with action, but it's also so smartly written that a complex character study rests at its heart."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/10/2010)

"Affleck excels at capturing the insularity of the locale..."
Hollywood Reporter - Sheri Linden (09/08/2010)

4 stars out of 5 -- "THE TOWN is full of great exchanges, great scenes, all of them infused with authenticity."
Total Film - Jamie Graham (10/01/2010)

"[A] rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and it is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/09/2010)

3 stars out of 4 -- "Affleck has the stuff of a real director....It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/15/2010)

"Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories and wisely chooses one set in a city he knows intimately. He has an evident knack for orchestrating involving action scenes."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (09/17/2010)

"[A] fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (09/17/2010)

"[Affleck's] second feature, THE TOWN, is a looser and more sprawling affair, more conventional, but also more assured."
A.V. Club - Sam Adams (09/16/2010)

"Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in THE TOWN, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions."
Wall Street Journal (09/17/2010)

"The movie is as slick and tightly constructed as Affleck's debut, GONE BABY GONE....Affleck shoots each heist like the performance it is..."
Movieline - Michelle Orange (09/17/2010)

3 stars out of 4 -- "It's a smart, bold genre exercise that's enormous fun to watch, harking back to gritty urban thrillers of the 1970s with an assured sense of tone and style."
Washington Post (09/17/2010)

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] gripping human drama disguised as a blazing heist film that comes on like gangbusters."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/15/2010)

3 stars out of 5 -- "There is a juddering, brilliantly choreographed FRENCH CONNECTION-style car chase through crowded streets and narrow alleyways..."
Uncut - Geoffrey Macnab (11/01/2010)

"There's a strong sense of milieu....The set-piece heists and car chases are executed with impressive skill and pacing..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (11/01/2010)

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Created: 12/24/10

As real as it gets

Ben Affleck stars at Doug MacRay, a local boy who almost made it in the big time as a Professional Hockey player but now is back home with his neighborhood pals doing what they know best, planning heists and bank jobs. The trick is to not end up like his father who is serving a life sentence for a botched job. After a bank job, he gets to know Claire, one of the managers at the bank and the two hit it off. Only problem is the Boston PD and FBI are watching.

This was a very good movie. It was entertaining and keeps your attention through most of the show. Affleck, who also directed the movie, gives one of his best performances and the rest of the cast do a good job as well.

The Cast Includes: Ben Affleck as Doug MacRay, Jon Hamm as Special Agent Adam Frawley, Rebecca Hall as Claire Keesey, Jeremy Renner as James "Jem" Coughlin, Blake Lively as Krista Coughlin, Chris Cooper as Stephen MacRay, Slaine as Albert "Gloansy" Magloan, Titus Welliver as Dino Ciampa, Pete Postlethwaite as Fergie the Florist, Owen Burke as Desmond "Dez" Elden, and Edward O'Keefe as Morton Previt.

This is a movie that is very real to life and anyone who loves a good crime drama will enjoy this one.

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Created: 01/09/11

The Town "SHINES" With Action and Suspense!!

Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.

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Created: 04/03/11

Cops and Robbers!

The advertisements on the New York City Mass Transit Buses looked so familiar, then otherworldly, then sinister..... I couldn't figure out what was being said - like I usually can - within a few moments of looking at an ad on a New York City Mass Trasit Bus. I found myself actually having to pause and READ what those ads with those actors pictured in those boxes below what appeared to be clergy-persons with mishappen faces in ecclisiastical uniforms ... said. Present-day = Latter-Day robberies of some sort is what I gathered this newest take on one of Hollywood's oldest subjects to be. I've seen some of the best of this genre from Hlwd's "Golden Era" and beyond. What else could this soon to be DVD tell me?
Fast forward several month's later. I am in earnest, arm-chair, pursuit of SOMETHING worthwhile. SOMETHING action packed. SOMETHING even inexpensively priced. SOMETHING perhaps made within the last few years to enjoy that can provide half the quality all these Hlwd G R E A T S of yesteryear I've bought online manage to provide when there it is: THE TOWN, and I have no idea whether it is even worth the shipping & handling...
Okay! Besides this movie's providing a kind of present-day, exhilirated, snap-shot, post-card, tour of parts of urban Massachusetts, THE TOWN really I S as good as ye "GOLDEN ERA" Cops and Robbers Classics, many of which if you've seen a n y of them - it will remind you of. If you've never seen any of those -and you c a n tolerate fine acting, good directing, and scripts with substance that lack nudity, buckets of blood, and gore - you just might enjoy this movie as well. YOU just might... Or you might not! I know I did. This movie was definitly worth the V E R Y reasonable price plus the shipping and handling I paid for it!

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Created: 12/13/10

the town

compelling, complex and cracking with suspense afflecks sophomore effort is every bit good as his first foray into feature film making. using chuck hogan's 2005 novel prince of thieves as a starting point and letting his narrative play out over a languid but legitimately intense two plus hour pace the town initially takes one by surprise. with heroes and villains all over the place this movie is worth the time to watch.

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Created: 01/09/11

My new favorite movie

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Ben Affleck does an amazing job both acting & directing this gritty movie. For once, I was rooting for the bad guys to win & not get caught. It is action packed & keeps you on your toes the entire movie! I have seen this movie 5 times already and have added it to my collection so I can watch it any time I want.

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