The Town is Ben Affleck’s sophomore film after 2007’s Gone Baby Gone. The Town is based on Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves released in 2005. It is set in Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts described before the beginning credits roll as a place where robbery and stealing is common.
The film opens with a bang – a bank robbery. The heist is successful but fearing that the bank manager may know their identities, Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) plans an accidental meeting at a Laundromat. They make a connection, go out on dates, and soon enough develop a romance.
Conflicts then arise. There’s Jem Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Doug’s robber buddy and housemate, who is not too happy of his friend’s new flame. There’s FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) who is hell bent on catching the robbers by any means. And there’s Fergie the Florist (Pete Postlethwaite) who does not want Doug calling it quits and will resort to violence to convince Doug to stay put.
I highly recommend this film. It is very good. I draw the line on hailing it as an excellent film. That adjective is rightly owned by Affleck’s debut film. Although the plot of The Town is less layered than Gone Baby Gone and does not boast a fine a performance as Casey Afleck in the aforementioned film, it is no less engrossing. I didn’t even notice 2 hours had passed until the screen blacks out from a shot of a scruffy Doug and a melancholic voice over.