Ben Affleck - Not Just a Pretty Boy Actor

The Town

Jon Hamm, from the hit series “Mad Men”, does a brilliant job as hard hitting FBI S.A. Adam Frawley. Adam Frawley is relentless in his pursuit of Bank Robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) and his crew. Leaving no stone unturned, Frawley tracks the crew to Charlestown, a small Irish Catholic neighborhood in Boston, Mass, the so called “Bank Robber Capital”. Doug MacRay ends up falling in love with a witness, Claire Keesey(Rebecca Hall), to the crews last robbery.
The scene where Doug and Claire meet in the laundry mat was so subtle and natural. It was so perfect, with us knowing that he’s the one who robbed here bank and here casually asking for some quarters. I love little twists like that, and there’s a few of those in this movie. The two sides of Doug’s life finally collide with Frawley hot on his trail. Doug decides to get out of the family business and take Claire with him.

While watching this movie I was thinking of all the movies Ben Affleck has done. There weren’t very many great movies that I can think of. With flops like “Gigli” and “Daredevil”, you never knew what you were going to get with his acting. The master reels for “Gigli” should be burned; that movie was so bad. After directing “Gone Baby Gone”, we finally got to see the true talent of Ben Affleck. With “The Town”, we now know that it wasn’t just a fluke, and his performance was pretty dam good too. The meticulous care he spends on character development, takes these two films to a different level. It's almost as if these characters are based on real people. It’s good to know that he’s not just another pretty boy actor. I can’t wait to see what he directs next.

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