patrickryanlewis

Movie Review: The Town (2010)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

Welcome to the world of top tier directors Mr. Affleck. This impeccably shot crime drama will rank right up next to Heat when it comes to ranking bank robbery movies. Every scene if meticulously crafted and laid out so the viewing is sucked in and out of the action without feeling overwhelmed by the heavy material being conveyed.

Affleck, who also had a hand in writing the screenplay, makes the viewer feel every single emotional scar his character is battling. Through the use of some simply genius camera angles, we get a glimpse inside both his mind and the bank robbers in general like nothing I have ever seen on screen before. By the time the final credits roll, the audience is an emotionally spent wreck, but in a good way. You are left to ponder serious questions about life and your place in the world.

While you are taken down this emotional journey, you are treated to some of the best show bank heist scenes ever to film. Through the use of some creative sound editing, the viewer is placed right in the middle of each heist, and it leaves you on edge.

The movie does have a few very minor flaws. The last 20 minutes seem rushed and not as intense as the rest of the movie. The final battle between the crew and the police seems to be stretching reality a bit as well. Also, the redemptive nature of Affleck’s character seems to be a bit forced and contrived. But these minor elements are far outnumbered by the performances of a stellar cast and a bona fide superstar director.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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