The Town DVD review
Slick but inert cops ’n’ robbers yarn from Ben Affleck Discuss this article
(15+) US. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Ben Affleck
This is a slick but inert cops ’n’ robbers yarn from Ben Affleck (with his director-writer-star hat on) that feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it. Sporting a neat crew cut, a sweat-glazed six-pack and a nice line in ‘Boston’-emblazoned tracksuit tops, Affleck is Doug, the conflicted leader of a rubber-masked wrecking crew who take down banks on behalf of kingpin (and florist!) Pete Postlethwaite. Doug wants to take his loot and make a break for Florida, a desire fuelled by his relationship with Rebecca Hall’s kindly soup-kitchen mama. But Pete’s got dirt on him, and even though the Feds are closing in (led by Mad Men heartthrob John Hamm), the team keep breaking banks, leading to a minutely orchestrated take-down of the Boston Red Sox’s home ground.
Despite the grubby locations in the Bostonian crime-hub of Charlestown, the film’s credibility feels hamstrung by the fact that even though the robbers are armed and dangerous, too much effort is made to ensure that it’s never nice-guy Affleck who’s pulling the trigger.
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