The Town (2010)

Heat 2.0. The thing is, it’s one of those updates where you’re like, “Wait, I wanna go back to the original!” Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) lives in Charlestown, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts where armed robberies are as common as walks in the park. Doug is in the business of robbing banks along side is buddy James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) and business is ah-boomin’. During a heist a bank manager named Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) rings the silent alarm, which leads to a action packed getaway. Right before they leave Claire catches a look at a tattoo of one of the robbers and now has an identifiable mark to pin on someone. This tattoo owns to one James Coughlin and here’s where it gets a little dicey. Doug is told to tail Claire because she is being interrogated by the FBI and they want to make sure she doesn’t know anything about them. Of course, they meet, fall in love and the tattoo secret gets out! Oh no! From there Claire doesn’t know who she can trust and for some reason they continue to rob people.

The problem with this movie is it has that typical Boston, cocky airiness to it. I don’t understand where it comes from, they seem to think they are better and it comes through in every scene. Everyone has the ability to kill on a whim and no one is able to relax. I guess the Boston Police as well as the FBI don’t have helicopters… Now, I know what you’re going to say, “it’s a movie!!!” YEAH, well helicopters for the police during one of the craziest car chases ever isn’t too tough to comprehend. The romance is typical of a bank heist movie, which means it’s ridiculous. The movie is edited together horribly, there are many continuity errors that are blatantly obvious. The action is great though. If the action wasn’t what it was this movie would be unwatchable. If this movie was cut in half so it would have a better pace, it would be a great movie. I found myself bored at times and not caring about what Blake Lively had to say. Shout out to Jon Hamm! He is the shit and I hope he continues making movies.

This movie will be forgotten. Another tumbleweed in the desert of prototypical action movies. Recommended if it’s on TV.

dunk-o-meter: 6/10 


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