THE TOWN (2010 U.S.) D/W: BEN AFFLECK W: PETER CRAIG/AARON STOCKARD P: GRAHAM KING/BASIL IWANYK
Affleck is part of an armoured robbery crew out of Charlestown working the banks of Boston. After one job he keeps and eye on manager and witness Rebecca Hall, and ends up falling for her. Jon Hamm is the FBI agent on his trail, Jeremy Renner is the wild card trigger-happy friend and Pete Postlethwaite is a mean Irish gangster and florist. Overall this is an above-average heist flick, with geat location work action scenes, and a fine cast with believable accents. But whereas the Charlestown background stuff is interesting, sometimes the whole regional identity angle is laid on a bit thick, and parts are heavy-handed and lack pacing, humour and zest. In general i go for the Director`s Cut, and i saw the 150 min. Extended Version on the Blu-Ray disc, but for reasons discussed above and poor continuity with this version (several lines of conversation are unneccesarily repeated), you might want to stick with the 125 min. theatrical cut. With Chris Cooper, Blake Lively and rapper Slaine (also in Affleck`s GONE BABY GONE). It`s based on Chuck Hogan`s novel Prince Of Thieves.

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