Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Town

IMDB says...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.
2010, R, 125 minutes

The 73rd Virgin says...Never thought I would see another Ben Affleck movie, but this re-jiggering of "Heat" is pretty darn good. Fairly believable gunfights (except those SWAT guys don't shoot too good), well set-up robbery sequences, convincing relationships between the criminals, etc. Affleck is perfectly acceptable in his home element of Boston, which he clearly loves, and Jeremy Renner is just great like he was in "Hurt Locker". Jon Hamm's businesslike FBI man is a relief after Pacino's scene chewing in Heat.

The female roles are almost as awful as those in Heat - one bank manager, dumb enough to live in Charlestown and date a sand and gravel man with uncommon knowledge of the witness protection program, the other an oxycontin addict. I wish these movies could be made without the impossibly smart and pretty girl who has a high tolerance for murderous armoured truck robbers, but apparently not.

Otherwise, a likable action and caper movie with a patina of seriousness it doesn't really earn.

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