If you have been out of the loop over the past couple of years, you may have missed the news that Ben Affleck has tried his hand at directing. And oh yeah, he is pretty darn good at it too.
Affleckâ€™s directorial debut, â€œGone Baby Gone,â€ starred his brother Casey in a critically acclaimed, smart crime drama that highlighted the city of Boston in all of its splendor and squalor.
Affleckâ€™s sophomore effort â€œThe Townâ€ goes back to Boston again, but Ben takes over Caseyâ€™s spot as the lead role. He plays Doug Macray, the leader of a group of bank robbers who live in Charlestown, a section of Boston that sees the most bank robberies in the United States per year.
Fresh out of the gate, the robbers hold up a bank whose female assistant manager happens to catch Dougâ€™s eye. After kidnapping and promptly releasing the woman into safety, they decide that she should be followed to make sure that she doesnâ€™t snitch to the cops.
Not surprisingly, Doug is more than willing to volunteer for the job, one that results in a relationship that goes far past his duty to the gang.
Jon Hamm also stars in the ring as a detective who is hot on the robbersâ€™ trail, chasing their tracks after each job.
Donâ€™t dismiss this movie just because of the standard â€“â€“ looking trailer and those creepy masks that everyone is wearing. It is an excellent film. Let me say that again, it is an excellent film.
Affleck successfully creates a living, breathing persona out of this city, one that frightens just as much as some of those who inhabit it.
One of the biggest improvements from 2007â€™s â€œGone Baby Goneâ€ is the widespread talent of the entire cast. You would be hard pressed to find a bad acting performance in â€œThe Town.â€ Every actor feels authentic.
This augments the filmâ€™s already excellent levels of execution that give â€œThe Townâ€ an amazingly genuine sense of being.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Next Week
â€œWall Street: Money Never Sleepsâ€
Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas star in this film as partners who trade on Wall Street. It should be more interesting than its premise.