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
"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, a solid crime caper directed by Ben Affleck, starring himself along with a great cast.
What you get:
Exclusive Steelbook Packaging - This handsome two-disc set arrives in a beautiful Steelbook case with a matte finish.
The Town's theatrical cut receives an upgrade on Warner's 2160p, HEVC/H.265-encoded UHD.
The previously released Extended Cut on Blu-ray.
The theatrical cut 4K digital code.
A great film and an outstanding SteelBook case!