The Town is a crime flick with more dimensions than just that. It has a believable storyline with impressive direction by Ben Affleck who sticks to keeping it real.
The director plays the protagonist Doug MacRay who is the head ‘architect’ of a gang of professional thieves. A common profession in blue-collared town, Charlestown. Doug likes sticking to the job- do your homework, carry out the plan, erase all evidence and scram. However the group deviates from the usual when they abduct bank manager Claire (Rebecca Hall) during a heist.
She lands up being a key witness and to prevent his best pal James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) from ‘getting her out of the equation’; he takes the job of tracking her. This backfires when a ‘chance encounter’ leads to a romantic involvement creating complications Doug could never have imagined. Certain of the future he wants, he sets out to complete his ‘last job’, only to be faced by an uncertain turn of events.
The movie gives an insight into the people behind the criminals and delves into their pasts, without unnecessary details. The pace of the movie is uniform and smooth. Every gun-shot is believable and so is the FBI! They know their job and don’t overlook minor details as some crime movies like us to believe.
While the casting is perfect, Jeremy Renner deserves special mention for his superb performance as the cocky, egotistic true Charlestown bred criminal and true friend.
A serious film, that is very close to reality, with its sardonic humor, romantic liaisons and underlying humanity. A must-watch for the story and the reality it uncovers.
Go for it only if you are a true movie buff.