Film Review: The Town

Yesterday evening I watched The Town, an action film starring Ben Affleck, Blake Lively and Rebecca Hall. To be honest, I was not overly keen on viewing this film, but after being told by numerous individuals it was a great movie I decided to watch it.

The film itself was tremendous. The plot is action-packed, suspenseful, emotional and jarring, and the story that lies within the plot is incredibly complex and unpredictable.

I do not wish to ruin the film for anyone who has yet to see it, but it essentially follows a group of men who rob banks in a city within Boston named Charlestown. After an unforeseen circumstance occurs in the first robbery in the film, Doug, played by Ben Affleck, is forced to make consequential decision that have the potential to impact his friends and his reputation. Intimate relationships develop and are tested, and the film’s conclusion is entirely unassumed, leaving viewers filled with adrenaline.

Mine of the most interesting aspects of this film is the disguises the men wear when robbing banks. For the second robbery in the film, Affleck and his comrades don nun costumes, creating a dark yet humorous contribution to the theme of the movie.

The extents these men go to in order to ensure their robberies are executed adequately is fascinating. Their tactics left me awed but simultaneously disturbed, and I think the complexity of the plot and the characters within the movie is what makes it so thrilling.

I would undoubtedly recommend this film to any person who enjoys action films. I feel as though this film did not receive enough recognition when it was first released, which is perhaps why I was reluctant to watch it. Overall I am glad I viewed The Town and I would likely watch it again.

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