THIS SIDE OR THE OTHER

THE TOWN (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Based on Chuck Hogan’s book, The Prince of Thieves, it revolves around a group of friends who grew up in Charlestown and rob banks for a living. While robbing the Cambridge Bank, they take bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), as a hostage. Doug (Ben Affleck), the leader of the group, trails Claire to source out if she remembers anything from the robber, and a romance relationship begins. Meanwhile, the crew continue to take on more jobs even though Doug is reluctant and wants to get out of Charlestown for a fresh start. However, his ties with the town and Jem (Jeremy Renner) are much more complicated and he is unable to leave as FBI agent Crawley (Jon Hamm) closes in and wants to bring them down.

I thought the bank robbery scenes are fantastic and the fact that they use these nun masks as a disguise is creepy. But they are really meticulous in their preparation work before each robbery and they leave no stone unturned. Looks like watching CSI paid off for Doug and gang. As the movie progresses, you observe the dynamics of the Townies and you realize it is not easy to get in or out. Doug may not get out of Charlestown yet you hope that he gets out. Jeremy Renner impresses as Jem because he’s got that fierce loyalty in him yet he’s reckless and violent so you have no idea what his actions may bring about to the group. You find yourself rooting for these Townies instead. Even when it all fell apart, it was sad. Watch it.

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