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Weekend DVD: The Town (2010)

Welcome to the bank robbery capital of America.

The Town (2010) is a crime movie adapted from Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves and directed by Ben Affleck, who's also stars in this movie.

Synopsis: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers, James "Jem" Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert "Gloansy" Magloan (Slaine), and Desmond "Dez" Elden (Owen Burke). They pride themselves in robbing what they want and getting out clean.

With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage - bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall).

Although they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug, not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her.

The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous and potentially deadly path.

A disclaimer at the end of the movie: "Charlestown's reputation as a breeding ground for armed robbers is authentic. However, this film all but ignores the great majority of the residents of Charlestown, past and present, who are the same good and true people found most anywhere."

In summary, this is a great movie. I particularly love watching the intense shots of non-exaggerating rob-and-run and shoot-out scenes between the robbers and the FBI. Passionate romance and the undeniably wonderful on-screen chemistry between Claire and Doug are perfectly captured without jeopardizing the movie's core message.

In fact, I love to see unknown names such as Rebecca Hall (as Claire) and Jeremy Ranner (as Jem) being cast in important roles that work to that movie's advantage. Kudos to Ben Affleck and the entire cast of this movie.

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