I really didn’t expect it, but Ben Affleck is a pretty good director. I haven’t been much of a fan of his acting in the past (it was usually hit or miss for me), but not only is he a great lead in The Town, but the fact that he directed it too and held it together this well is surprising.
The Town is about a group of bank robbers who, after one of their robberies, get worried that the bank manager will be able to rat them out. One of the robbers, however, falls in love with her, which creates a complicated game as he tries to figure out if he wants to continue a life of crime.
What happens from there is pretty standard and there really won’t be many surprises. Everything is very solid and though the plot construction is a bit muddled in my opinion, much of the production is done with a surprising amount of skill (one chase scene, in particular, was phenomenal). The movie is shot well and everybody is cast very skillfully. If anything suffers at all, I’d say it’s the pacing occasionally. The movie moves between explosively loud and intense to quite and fairly low key a little often, and unfortunately I lost attention a couple of times. This isn’t to say that the movie is boring at all, but I’m not quite sure I understand why the reviews are so fantastic. It was a solid film, but was fairly predictable and not particularly remarkable in any way. I’d say go see it if you’re looking for a good movie to see, but don’t expect it to stick with you.