Brief Synopsis: Gone Baby Gone director Ben Affleck adapts author Chuck Hogan's Hammett Prize-winning novel concerning four thieves who are hunted on the streets of Boston by a determined FBI agent and a woman with the power to bring them all to their knees.
My Say: You don't have to be a fan of Ben Affleck to appreciate this film but at the very least you should have a respect and admiration for his ability to not only star in this flick, but to direct the script that he wrote. Affleck should rightfully be considered a triple threat for such a feat, and he pulls it off with nary a wrinkle.
The Town sets a bar for heist movies that will be hard to meet, much less top. The script is fluid and strong and the action is consistent without being gratitious. Affleck directs with a firm and assured hand and the actors are all flawless, working together in unison and bringing blue collar Boston to life.
The Town also manages to be an unlikely love story between Affleck and Rebecca Hall, leaving this viewer routing for them, surprisingly enough. Like longtime friend Matt Damon, when playing Jason Bourne in the early Bourne movies, Affleck's portrayal of Doug MacRay makes you sympathize and actually relate with the criminal. Not an easy feat.
I personally found The Town to be well worth the cost of admission, as well as the popcorn and drinks. Despite the just over 2 hour running time, there were no lags and it went by almost too quickly.
I would not hesitate to call The Town one of the best movies of the year. Rush to the theater!