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The Town (DVD, 2010, Canadian)

Ben Affleck, Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall | Theatrical release: 2010
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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
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 883929159758

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID96939022

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: 01/19/11

Never more fun to be a criminal

This movie has heart. Director Ben Affleck lives and breathes the city of Boston, and this movie shows it.

The acting is top-notch. The cinematography is perfect for the nitty-gritty, bank robbery filled story of Charlestown. Everything about this movie is perfectly crafted together into a true masterpiece.

Fans of the movie Heat, Scorcesse movies, and anything with swears, guns, and crime will love everything about this.

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Created: 02/25/11

Review from a former Townie

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

During this era in Charles town the Sachem bridge was not built, but shown in the movie. Ben should have retrieved historical footage without the Zach em but with the previous roadway.

Otherwise the movie was very good. Worth the money and a movie that you can watch numerous times. It is an accurate portrayal of Charles town during that time in history. As well, during the movie, the FBI actor mentioned the armored car robbery in Nashua. That robbery was NOT in Nashua, but in Hudson, NH ony 1 mile from where I worked. The FBI and local police consistently checked the parking lot of BAE Systems, also in Hudson for the armored car and/or the switch vehicle. Neither was there. Upon hearing about the robbery I left work and cruised the area looking for whatever I could see. I had several police scanners in my vehicle and was listening to the whole thing as the search continued. Later it was discovered that the switch vehicle was a Yellow box truck. For the next 10 hours NH Police stopped every yellow truck they came across. Especially the Londonderry Police Department in Londonderry, NH, where I lived at the time. Did they actually think that that truck would still be cruising the NH area 8-10 hours after committing such a crime? LPD is known to be an over ally aggressive police department. The truck was later found in Revere, Massachusetts, only 4-5 miles from Charles town, burned. Another thing that was quite inaccurate in the movie was Doug's description of FBI and Boston Police departments radio antennas on their undercover vehicles. In reality Police are not stupid enough to perform surveillances with ANY other than the regular AM/FM antenna on the vehicle. They use a matching device which allows that AM/FM antenna to serve their two way radio needs. There are NO additional antennas on an FBI surveillance vehicle. As well they drive vehicles just like you or I. You would nervr know one if you saw it. In addition, during the Hudson (not Nashua) armored car theft and kidnapping of the guards, a law enforcement aircraft was used. However the armored car was not spotted because it was stashed in the woods off Pelham Rd., in Pelham, NH where the guards were murdered. This location is about 4-5 miles from the Bank where the whole thing happened. The movie was great and I bought the DVD. Growing up in Charlestown my parents were smart enough to move the family out to the subburbs and I never got involved in crime. Charlestown is still known for a place where oxicontin can be obtained quite quickly but there also many other places in that area where drugs are trafficked. The people of Charles town are, for the most part hard working blue collar decent honest people as the movie describes them at it's end.

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Created: 02/24/11

One of Ben Affleck's Best Movies

What a treat of a movie! Great acting and Ben Affleck evidently is also a respectable director. It's a story of a group of guys that pull bank jobs (kind of like "Dead Presidents") -- good plot and lots of action. Sit back with your popcorn and snacks and enjoy the ride!

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Created: 01/03/11

NOT WHAT I THOUGHT???

THIS WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, I THOUGHT I WAS GETTING A BRAND NEW BLU-RAY DVD 2 DISC SET A WAS STATED IN THE DESCRIPTION.INSTEAD I GOT AN OPEN BLU-RAY DISC WITH FINGERPRINTS ALL OVER IT.EVEN THE CASE WAS WRINKLED.WHAT A WASTE IF I HAD KNOWN I WOULD HAVE WENT AHEAD AND BOUGHT FROM THE STORE.VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! THIS IS A FIRST I USUALLY HAVE GREAT EXPERIENCES THIS TIME NOT SO MUCH!!

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