Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.~Jason Buchanan
Upgraded my 2K Blu-ray, purchased many years ago, to 4K even though this was only an upscale and not a true 4K. The plus was that this movie was now being released in a Steelbook. Did not purchase the original 4K release back in 2016. What was nice was that the steelbook has a matte finish that resists fingerprints, nice touch. The Town's 4K Disc Only Contains the Theatrical Cut which is okay by me since I prefer the shorter, more tight theatrical version over the extended. This is a well acted movie by all parties involved. The 4K Video is an improvement over the Blu-ray but the Audio is the same as the previous Blu-ray.
"The Town" is one of those films that fits into the odd sub-genre of "Boston films", usually taking place in Greater Boston, involving class or religious conflict (typically Irish Catholics and WASPs, though not always), centering on working class protagonists and using the city of Boston as a character in of itself. So... "Good Will Hunting", "The Departed", "Mystic River", "Patriots Day", and so forth.
As a Boston film, "The Town" checks all the boxes, centering on working class life in Charlestown, particularly on a bunch of robbers. After an introduction to our characters, the plot focuses on preparations on the big heist, a job at Fenway Park, and as a heist film the setup is intriguing and the action-packed payoff is excellent. The film does a fine job balancing the two subgenres together. It isn't as concise or tense as "Argo", but in many ways it feels more personal.
The 4K HDR looks great, and the steelcase art is definitely worth the extra $5.
I remember my parents watching this when I was little and I remember the masks they wore and years later I was playing payday 2 and saw the mask and I watched the movie and I loved it the ways they plan and how they prepare for a heist is amazing and to have this movie in my steelbook collection it’s great to see how the extended cut was.
The Town 4K steelbook is very nicely designed and packaged. It comes with the theatrical cut in 4K, but unfortunately does not have the superior extended cut on the 4K disc. Regardless, the 4K looks and sounds better than ever. The only other issue I had was the back had a dent in the middle.