We get ya. Life for those of us who are still enduring lockdown has lead our minds to turn to a grey mush. The kinda mush that can only be eliminated by some high-stakes, violent, and (at times) sexy blockbuster, which is exactly why we’re making the call that watching The Town tonight is the best thing you could do with yourself.
Directed by and starring ya boi Ben Affleck, the 2010 film follows a bank robber named Doug (Affleck) who falls in love with a bank teller he took hostage named Claire (Rebecca Hall). Naturally, shit hits the fan, and the bank robber crew’s hotheaded enforcer James (Jeremy Renner) takes issue with the fact that Dougie’s fallen for pretty much the only person who can put them away. But the heart wants what the heart wants, right?
Has that got you juiced? Or do you still need more convincing? If you answered yes to either of those questions, check out five reasons why you should (re)watch The Town below:
There’s no doubt that if Point Break and Heat got drunk in a bar in Boston one night and had a child, it would be The Town. And, let’s face it, those are two of the greatest movies of all time.
As an actor, you could say that Affleck’s career has been pretty hit (see Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl) and miss (see Daredevil and Gigli), but his prowess behind the camera is undeniable. Like he did in his Academy Award-winning film Argo, Affleck proves to be a master of cat-and-mouse tension who is capable of drawing solid performances from the actors around him.
Don’t know if it’s the character or the actor here but Renner is fucking electric as James. Every time he’s on the screen it feels a little uneasy, which is exactly what you want from the baddish guy.
The jobs done, they’re back in The Town, the nun outfits are looking tight, and then this happens out of nowhere… One of the best scenes in any heist film ever.
At the time that The Town came out, we really only knew the Hammster as toxic ad man Don Draper. He nails the fuckwit cop thing as he’s so charming and handsome that you can’t help but hate him, which is perfect considering we need to hate him in order to justify our love for cold-blooded robber Doug. So thank you Johnny for being so dang hateable.