I was originally going to post this as part of 'Movies in My Brain' which will happen in a couple months (!), but I think by then it'll be out of date :p And I will have watched more movies by then, hopefully.
Basically, there’s this group of friends/bank robbers in Charlestown, Massachusetts. On one of their gigs, they kidnap a bank manager and after some events unfurl, one of the criminals (Affleck) finds himself falling for this girl. He needs to make choices between his life of crime or leaving everything he once knew behind.
I wasn’t expecting much from this movie despite quite the critical acclaim, I did expect it to predictable and basically like any other action-y movie. I was glad I was wrong, because I thought The Town was an extremely entertaining movie. What I enjoyed was how tightly controlled and reined in scenes were, there weren’t the unnecessary rambling bits or over dramatized romance. What was needed was there, and everything fit well together.
I don’t know the first thing about directing or whatever Ben Affleck is being praised for, but I can just say that this movie is downright enjoyable. I loved the heists taking place, the action scenes, the blossoming ‘romance’ and the acting in general. There wasn’t an actor that didn’t pull his or her weight, everyone’s Boston accents were just lovely :p Also, I especially liked Jeremy Renner’s (he was The Hurt Locker) performance, he can sure pull off the slightly crazy friend.
I liked the ending because it was realistic and well done. Some are going to go down shooting, others are going to jump at the chance to start anew…
Popcorn review: an entertaining and clever action-drama flick that isn’t run of the mill, would definitely recommend if you're in the mood.