The Town(2010) review
Synopsis: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. First off, I'm just gonna address Rebecca Hall's performance in this film. The reason for this is because I somewhat slated her for being a "substandard performer", when in fact, her performance in The Town was excelled far beyond that of her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Just thought I should get that out of the way before I begin the review. So this is me, beginning the review. Nnnnnnnnnow- I was freakin' excited to watch this, simply because Affleck is da bomb. Being his second major Directorial outing, it was nice seeing him perform as well as direct, it made for a fantastic combination, and there was also an admirable cast present in this film, including Jeremy Renner(The Hurt Locker), Jon Hamm(Mad Men), and Blake Lively(Gossip Girl) who added to this already commendable list of names. The unique plot and intricacies of the story reminded me closely of that from Inside Man, for example. What did get at my neck, though, was how the group was able to get away with so much in broad daylight. It's like "Sure, let's hold up a security van at freakin' 9:00AM in the morning and just give anyone who tries to do anything an evil look. Yeah, that'll scare em" Just didn't seem to make sense a certain times, but the other 80% of the time the ways in which the gang got out of tight situations was pretty clever. I did enjoy this film, there were minor similarities to films such as Training Day, Inside Man, and Brooklyn's Finest which drew me to this film and made it an overall action-packed and exciting experience. 7/10 Kazed.