Town (Blu-ray) (2010) - Oscar Nominee!
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|Welcome To The Bank Robbery Capital Of America.
|Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper also star|
"...satisfying, flavorful... Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...a blistering bank-robbery drama with a romantic twist... Lou Lumenick, New York Times
"...radiates ferocity and feeling... Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...it's moody and grim and engrossing... Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteBoston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel PRINCE OF THIEVES. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.
The Town - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Blake Matthews Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/4/2011 12:19 PM
|The Town is the latest film from writer/director/actor Ben Affleck and is an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's Prince of Thieves. In The Town, Affleck plays Doug MacRay, a man who has grown up in Charlestown — a blue collar area of Boston which has been labeled "the bank robbery capital of America." MacRay has led a series of well-executed bank robberies with his crew, which includes James (Jeremy Renner). During the latest heist, an alarm gets tripped and, as insurance, James takes with them bank manager Claire (Rebecca Hall)....read the full review|
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