Friday, 1 October 2010
To see Ben Affleck's fabulous new thriller, The Town, a claustrophic tale of Boston bank robbers. There are great performances from Affleck as Doug, the robber who wants to escape his blue collar roots, Rebecca Hall as his unwitting victim turned girlfriend and Mad Men's Jon Hamm as the FBI agent determined to break an ever-more audicious gang. The film is gripping from the start, and despite some very violent scenes and its fair share of cliches, manages to provide a story surprising in its depth. There are plenty of great action scenes, chases, explosions and comic book shootouts, but this is ultimately a stronger film than the sum of those parts. Affleck - whose Gone Baby Gone was equally rewarding - is becoming as strong an actor/director as Clint Eastwood. Don't miss it.