Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Movie Meter: 9/10
“The Town” is an unbelievable movie with an outstanding cast, a fantastic storyline, and a convincingly realistic (yet not over the top) Boston-vibe that is hard to find in Hollywood movies.
It’s hard to fake a Boston Accent, and aside from Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck (who are all from Boston) there aren’t many actors who can pull it off.
However, two actors that certainly can and do are Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively, as they sounded more “authenticious” than some real life Bostonians. The two play James “Jem” and Krista Coughlin (brother/sister) respectively.
The movie follows a group of lifelong friends/career criminals as they perform intense heists in “the bank robbery capital of America”, Charlestown, MA (according to the film & Warner Bros.).
Director and lead actor Ben Affleck was awesome playing Dougie MacRay and was able to create an original realistic movie with an intriguing plot, and significant character development.
There is not much to say about Blake Lively besides the fact that she’s incredible and was on point in this movie. Her character has a thing for Dougie, and he has a weak spot for her, which symbolizes his character’s constant struggle between right vs wrong, good vs evil, and stay vs leave.
Dougie, however, is more interested in Claire (Rebecca Hall) who plays a local bank teller and community volunteer that Doug develops feelings for shortly after a casual bank robbery in the North End of Boston, in which she was held hostage.
The movie also features some awesome Boston scenery including the Bunker Hill Monument, the Freedom Trail, and of course “The Cathedral of Boston”, Fenway Park, which the gang plans to rob.
Jon Hamm plays a promising, pissed-off, and personally involved police investigator in quite a perplexing position. “The Hambone” is tasked with tracking down the group of “Townies” and the naturally hard-ass actor was a perfect fit for the role.
Jermey Renner’s performance was the highlight of this film, and his performance earned him a nomination for best supporting role at the 2010 Oscars.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 and received tremendous reviews from critics, and hauled in an impressive $154 million in box-office sales. I highly suggest this movie to anyone who hasn’t checked it out already. Overall, I am giving “The Town” 9 out of 10