CB: The Town - Review

CB: With the sharp and well-acted crime drama Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck proved he was a prettyboy actor who also had what it took to step behind the camera and turn out a functional film. Unable or unwilling to rest on his laurels, Affleck is back just two years later with The Town, another crime drama that shares the same lower-class Boston setting as Gone Baby Gone, but is bigger by nearly every measure. Featuring an enormous cast, numerous overlapping plots, several car chases and shootouts and even a stickup at Fenway Park, The Town is a bit overly ambitious and sprawling, but also quite a thrill. Not everything works, and Affleck's directing outshines the writing he did with Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard, but there's a lot to like here.

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