Here’s my video review of Ben Affleck‘s “The Town” from KTKA-49.
Like his directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” from three years ago, Ben Affleck’s newest movie “The Town” is a crime drama set in his hometown of Boston. More specifically, the Charlestown neighborhood—which has more bank robberies per capita than any other place in the country.
With only two movies under his belt, Affleck has proven he can direct actors. “Gone Baby Gone” earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan, and both Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall turn in strong performances in “The Town,” but Affleck’s character still lacks a certain emotional depth.
That’s partly because Affleck is a little wooden, but it’s also because most of what happens outside of the actual bank robberies themselves is pretty predictable.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Affleck plays a sympathetic criminal who wants out of the game after ‘one last heist.’ He falls in love with someone involved in the robbery and wants to escape the life, but is trapped by his guilt and loyalty to his friend. Meanwhile, a dogged FBI agent tracks down his prey and ushers clever one-liners.
Even if you can see where this movie is going a mile away, though, “The Town” does look fantastic and the robbery and chase scenes are well done. It just feels so familiar—like a song you’ve heard a million times on the radio. When it’s on again, you sing along, but the moment it ends, you’ve forgotten it again.