Ben Afflecks “The Town” scored big this weekend taking in $23.8 million on its opening weekend and took the number one place at the box office. The film stars Ben Affleck and is also co-written and directed by Affleck. It also may well be the best film I’ll see this year.
Affleck’s character, Doug MacRay is a bank robber and thief born and raised in Charlestown, a suburb of Boston. According to the movie, Charlestown is the word’s capital of car thieving, robberies, and kidnappings. After a successfu bank robbery and kidnapping, MacRay sets out to make sure the kidnapping victim, Claire (Rebecca Hall) who he and his fellow thugs turned loose, will be unable to cause them any problems in the future. However, instead of killing Claire, MacRay decides instead to date her and romance ensues.
While Doug MacRay and Claire are falling in love, the audience is drawn into the lives of the characters, their backgrounds, and the hopelessness of life in Charlestown. We come to discover that for many of the thugs of this community a life a crime seems to be more of an inevitability rather than one of choice and we end up rooting for the poor little bank robbers.
Jon Hamm, star of the award winning AMC series “Mad Men” stars as the cop who is out to solve the bank robbery case and take down the thugs of Charlestown. While I love Jon Hamm on Mad Men, and he did a fair job in this role, his performance was less than noteworthy. Although Hamm provided a handsome face and made a fair good guy, he certainly was not the hero in this movie and his character could have been played by just about anyone.
What made “The Town” really work was the drama which was truly top notch. Ben Affleck was great and so was his co-star and partner in crime, James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) who apparently once went to prison in order to protect his buddy Doug MacRay. MacCray owes Coughlin his life and as a result he finds turning away from a life of crime all but impossible.
In “The Town..” the drama, reality, characters and story are all exceptional and Ben Affleck’s direction is truly top notch. Sometimes a movie surprises you. and though you may be expecting “The Town” to be your run of the mill cops and robbers movie, this film was anything but.
“The Town, 2010” IMDb, Retreived from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0840361/maindetails