Ben Affleck knows Boston, which is the best thing about this crime drama about thieves desperately evading the FBI. The Town is a well made, satisfying Hollywood action thriller, but nothing more. The movie really had me hooked through the second act with the world of Irish professional criminals in Charleston, Mass. But the end of the movie wraps up everything way too neatly.
Ben Affleck the actor, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, and The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner are all good. Chris Cooper is excellent in a five-minute scene.
Ben Affleck proved in Gone Baby Gone that he can be a fine director, and hopefully he will reach that standard again.