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Plan a visit to “The Town”

While Ben Affleck‘s onscreen career is a bit hit-and-miss, he proves that it’s his behind-the-camera work where his talent really lies with his sophomore directorial outing, “The Town.”

There’s not much new in the cops and robbers crime drama genre and “The Town” isn’t an exception to that. Ben Affleck stars as Doug MacRay, a washed-up pro-hockey player turned career criminal. He leads a team of other Bostonian thugs including his best friend Jem (Jeremy Renner).

During a bank robbery Jem unexpectedly takes the bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), hostage. A few days after they let her go, Doug follows her to make sure she didn’t see anything that could give them away. In spite of himself, the two start dating and Doug has to balance his relationship with her along with his life of crime, while avoiding the FBI.

Doug wants to go straight but the close-knit community of Charlestown, a suburb of Boston, keeps pulling him back in and he always seems to be just one job away from getting away from it all.

As mentioned earlier, the storyline is one that you’ve seen before and there aren’t many plot twists to keep you guessing, but “The Town” offers a good time from beginning to end. (Nuns with automatics escaping in a minivan is always a sight to see.)The script, though predictable, is well written and well acted.

The action sequences are the best part. The robberies and car chases move at a brisk pace that is intense and dramatic. It’s the scenes in-between that seem to drag a bit. I cared about the characters and their lives but a good 15-20 minutes could have been taken out of the middle and no one would have missed it.

Everything in this movie comes together to give the audience a thrilling ride. A good story, three-dimensional characters you care about, solid performances from the entire cast (with the exception of Blake Lively who overcompensates for her acting by using a Boston accent so heavy you can only understand every fifth word), and exciting action sequences that feel gritty and real.

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