Sunday, 26 September 2010
Film: The Town
Following the impressive Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck brings us this tale of Boston bank robbers.
Affleck's crew plan meticulously ensuring that everything goes without a hitch but on their latest job they take the assistant bank manager (Rebecca Hall) hostage.
What follows is a top quality drama following the lives of the robbers and the FBI Agent (Jon Hamm) attempting to track them down.
Affleck creates a perfectly paced atmospheric piece that exceeds expectations as all involved give excellent performances thanks in no small part to a fantastic script.
Affleck himself turns in a perfectly balanced performance as Doug MacRay, a failed Ice Hockey pro with a troubled childhood who just wants one last score.
I won't give away any more plot details but I will say that this is up there with Mystic River and even evokes memories of The Shawshank Redemption, I just hope it gets the appropriate recognition come Oscar time.
One of the best dramas of recent years, it's flawless, has everything and is not to be missed.
Ric's Rating: 97%