Starring: Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Chris Cooper and Rebecca Hall
Directed By: Ben Affleck (GONE BABY GONE)
Story: "The Town" is the tale of four men -- thieves, rivals and friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent and a woman who might destroy them all. The book won the 2005 Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing. (Warner Bros)
Bottom Line: Say what you want about Affleck (lord knows I have) but he knocks this Boston crime movie out of the ‘pawk’! Yes, it feels a lot like HEAT or THE DEPARTED and the title is more than a little generic but inside it’s a gritty, turbulent, moody, perfectly cast and smartly written movie that burns with a white hot intensity. I’d gladly sit thru a dozen of last week’s RESIDENT EVIL retreads if it meant I got to follow ‘em up with this! Visit THE TOWN – and be sure to send a postcard thanking me.