I recently went to see The Town, the newest movie directed by Ben Affleck. I really enjoyed it and do think it is one of the best movies of the year. It is definitely worth watching.
The plot for The Town may not be the most original overall, but there are surprises here and there throughout it. Several things happen that I didn’t expect, so I don’t think the movie is predictable at all. The plot is interesting and ends up making for a highly entertaining movie about a group of men in a Boston neighborhood who rob banks and armored cars. Things do get a little complicated as the movie progress.
There is a good amount of action to what happens in The Town that includes a few very well done chases. The action scenes are done well and help to keep things interesting. Violence does turn up in a few scenes, and some of the violence does get more graphic. The violence might be too much for some people. A bit of romance is added in as well through a developing relationship between two of the characters. There are a few brief sex scenes that don’t really show much. This isn’t a family friendly movie.
The Town is the second movie that Ben Affleck has directed. He did a wonderful job, just like he did with Gone Baby Gone. I think he should have a long career ahead of his as a director. I really do believe that if he keeps making movies this good, he’ll get a best director Oscar someday. In addition to directing, Affleck also wrote the screen play and stars in the movie. He has gotten a lot of flack over the years for some of the movies he’s been in, but I think he has started turning that around with the roles he’s had in the last few years. He does very well in this one.
The Town is based on the book The Prince of Thieves. I haven’t read it, so I don’t know how close to the book the movie stays.
The Town truly is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. It is definitely worth seeing. I am pretty sure that I’ll eventually add it to my movie collection.
I did get a longer review posted on Epinions.