15 September 2010

The Town

Directed by: Ben Affleck
Written by: Peter Craig, Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard
Full credits at IMDb

The Town opens with a shot of Boston's Bunker Hill obelisk, Charlestown's Big Hard Cock, alerting you that the exceptional cops-and-robbers picture to follow concerns guys and guy stuff-like, heists. Affleck's follow-up to Gone Baby Gone, which reeks of Eddie Coyle's malefactor melancholy, mines similar territory as his 2007 debut, but moreso it evokes, not least with the silly-sounding accents, the recent spate of Blue Tongue Films out of Australia (Animal Kingdom, The Square): it's solid genre fare, reinvigorating tired tropes, most notable for its efficiency and sensitivity.

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