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Connor Macgregor Reviews...The Town

One of the best films in 2010. While also being a good crime film , its also a great drama and Ben Affleck gives it his all in this film. On and Off The Camera.

The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include friends Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan and Desmond Elden. Doug and James in particular treat each other like family, as the Coughlins have realistically been as such to Doug since Doug's mother ran off and Doug's father, Stephen MacRay, was sent to prison. James' single mother sister, the drugged out Krista Coughlin, and Doug have a casual sexual relationship. The foursome carry out a mostly successful bank robbery, but due to circumstances take the bank manager, Claire Keesey, hostage for a short period before releasing her physically unharmed. They find out that Claire lives in Charlestown...

To me , The Town is one of the highlights of the year. Ben Affleck once again proves that he is the new Clint Eastwood in terms of a successful director & actor. Not only are his directing skills incredible , his performance is just as good and emotional to watch in the film. There are many other performances that stand out as great. Jon Hamm , Rebecca Hall , Jeremy Remmer , Pete Postlewaithe and how can i forget Blave Lively from Gossip Girl. That lady is heading only up from here.

The Grit & Realism of the film helps make the story feel more real and more vulnerable as an audience member. This could happen anywhere and not just in a place like NY or LA , but in your own town and thats what makes the film so effective. Its set in a vulnerable town.

The story is fresh. It reminds me of Heat a lot but i still think the film works. Its brutal , nasty but good fun. Overall this film deserves the acclaim , the money and more importantly the nominations that are heading our way in 2011.

Rating - 92% - A