For my critical analysis, I chose the Movie ‘The Town’. This was directed by the actor Ben Affleck and adapted from Chuck Hagan’s novel ‘Prince of Thieves: The Novel’.
The plot of the movie is an interesting take on the heist movie genre. It centers on an area called ‘Charlestown’ in Boston, which produces the highest number of armoured car robbers in the world per capita. This fact is shown to us during the opening seconds, as a caption on screen.
Under Affleck’s direction, we are introduced to the working class area of Charlestown, of which Affleck (cast as Doug MacRay), is no doubt familiar with from his youth. He shows us a place with a tight nit community full of Irish American values. Bars, Irish tattoos and Churches feature throughout the film.
The opening bank robbery scene sets the pace for the rest of the movie’s more violent scenes; these are interspersed however with Doug’s longing to leave a life of crime. The tale takes on a twist when Doug has to carry out surveillance on the only witness to the opening robbery, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), whom he in turn, falls for. This romantic sideline does little to add to the overall movie, perhaps in part due to Hall’s part, not being believable or elaborate enough to justify the amount of screen time she gets.
The typical heist movie characters are involved, including a dogged FBI Agent played by ‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm, his violent childhood friend Jem Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) and a host of other supporting characters.
However in my mind the area’s Irish gangland boss (Pete Postlethwaith) gives a great performance.
The car chase scene’s take place on Boston’s narrow streets and are keeping with those of ‘Ronin’ and ‘The French Connection’ in their speed and stunts. It seems to me that Affleck has learnt much since his directorial debut in ‘Gone Baby Gone’.
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