The Town movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Ben Affleck’s movie about crime is suspenseful, engaging but the interest level keeps dropping off and picking up. Overall, most viewers will find The Town intense, well-directed and enjoyable.


When a ruthless group of bank thieves hold the bank’s assistant manager, Claire, hostage, things get complicated when the leader of the group, Doug, falls in love with Claire.

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Movie details

Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver
Writer: Peter Craig, Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard
Release Date (Australia): 14 October 2010
Runtime: 125 minutes/2h 5m
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film includes crime themes and criminal activity.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes of shooting violence that are accompanied by blood sprays and blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes frequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “s**t”, “ass” and “c**t”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains references to drugs and a brief depiction of cocaine snorting.

Nudity (M)

The film contains a scene in which a woman’s breasts are briefly depicted in a strip club.

Sex (M)

The film contains depictions of men and women having sex.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Town is well-directed, engaging, but the last hour lacks interesting sequences that drop you off, only to keep on being picked up again by action and suspense. Ben Affleck stars in the film as the leader of a pack of bank thieves who falls in love with an employee he held hostage, but he also directed and co-wrote the film very well.

It’s definitely more of a crime-drama-themed movie over a heist movie, but at first, it starts off with a big, gun-loaded and a heavily-lifelike bank robbery, before all the action ends with the hostage being released and the title card. There’s no doubt that this is a solid movie with substantial performances and excellent direction throughout, an engaging concept and real tension.

The first act revolves around the character keeping his life of crime a secret from his new date, but that ends up dropping off suddenly and that’s also the mark where the film’s every next 10 minutes are either really gripping and suspenseful, or just uninteresting. It’s certainly appreciable that they don’t completely continue with everything the first act was doing, because then it would be completely unoriginal and likely dull, but The Town isn’t too much fun to watch.

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