The novel, Prince of Thieves, written by Chuck Hogan is expertly transformed to a screenplay, directed and performed by Ben Affleck in the crime, thriller, The Town. The story takes place in Charlestown, which is a square mile area of Boston that contains more bank robbers then any other location in the country. Doug Macray (Ben Affleck) is one of the thieves who actually grew up in a family of criminals and is the leader of a four-man gang of bank robbers. During one of their heists, Doug’s second in command James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) – a hothead also known as Gem – takes the assistant bank manager named Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage, then releases her later unharmed. Doug, who feels sympathy for Claire follows her to make sure she is okay, when she innocently approaches him at a laundry mat. (The bank robbers wore masks she doesn’t know Doug’s true identity.) As they begin seeing each other socially Doug soon realizes how his actions affect other people – and Claire in particular. In the meantime, an F.B.I. agent named Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is hot on Doug’s trail and he begins to feel trapped both emotionally and physically. At a time when it seems like movie trailers give away the best parts of films, I don’t think the trailer of this movie gives it justice. This is a gripping film with emotional dialogue, engaging scenes, and most of all we have a real attachment to the characters. Ben Affleck’s acting is fantastic but even more impressive, was his direction of this movie. Everyone will probably recognize Jeremy Renner from the Hurt Locker (Okay, everybody except me.) and I’m sure with more performances like his last two films we will be seeing him a lot more. It’s really hard to find fault with this film, except maybe the plot was a little thin and having a bank robber stalk one of the witnesses is stretching it a bit. Overall I really enjoyed this film and I’m giving it a B+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.