Monday, October 11, 2010

THE TOWN

Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, John Hamm


"Welcome to the bank robbery capital of the world"


Cinema 3, Shang Cineplex



After a slew of Spanish films overload, I was really looking forward to some mindless entertainment c/o Hollywood. But I guess I picked the wrong film since "The Town" hardly qualifies as "mindless". And that is a good thing because frankly it has been a (long) while since I've watched an 'intelligent' film.

A well crafted heist movie that had all the key elements of a blockbuster yet at the same time, it had some soulful depth and edgy vibe to make it highly entertaining. It unfolds in the bank robbery capital of the world, a town named Charleston in Boston. A suspenseful bank robbery in progress marks the scene where we are introduced to the ensemble cast. Multidimensional characters composed of bank robbers, FBI agents, bank manager, junkie siblings and a host of other bit players in supporting roles. There are dramatic elements, thrilling action sequences, romantic entanglements and even a tinge of redemption - which are all mixed and well blended together under the able direction of Ben Affleck.

I'd have to say that Ben Affleck unfortunately doesn't know how to act. So it is really great that he found his niche behind the cameras. He can pat himself over the shoulder for a well done job in his second directorial work.

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