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The Town: Ben Affleck’s Heist Movie Love Letter to Boston

The crew on the heart of The Town resembles a gang of 5 masked robbers who pulled holdups from 1990 to 1995. After a seven-day trial, they have been convicted on 54 of 55 counts of theft, together with one which resulted within the loss of life of two armored automotive guards. They went to jail as a result of there have been cracks on the pavement, leaks on the road.

“Numerous career bank robbers threw in the towel and testified in this trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Connolly said at a news conference at the time. “So many broke the code, shattered the code. Many of them testified that they had grown tired of a life of stealing, of drugs, of broken relationships.”

Affleck offers the gang its final hurrah on-screen. Something the character of James (Jeremy Renner), aka Jem, might respect. Jem would fairly battle it out with the regulation than return to jail. Affleck’s Doug MacRay, the chief of the gang, is the one who’s gotten uninterested in the life. He’d be blissful to calm down along with his former hostage, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). He loves her sufficient not to kill her, however not sufficient to testify.

Planning and Manning the Job

Heist films are full of criminals who need to pull one final massive job and calm down. Al Pacino’s Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon desires sufficient money to give a greater life to his wives. In Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956), a marriage-minded Sterling Hayden leads a crew to take down one final racetrack for $2 million. Affleck’s massive killing in The Town is Fenway Park, and over 60 years later, the take is similar. But it nonetheless has to be divvied up among the many crew. 

In the historical past of crime, the most effective crew was headed by John Dillinger. He robbed banks however let the civilians within the banks preserve their money. Dillinger assembled a crack crew and he himself would jump over the financial institution cubicles like a jack-rabbit, therefore his nickname. He’s been performed by Johnny Depp, Warren Oates, and Lawrence Tierney.

Ocean’s Eleven set the cinematic normal for a heist crew. It included a mastermind, a distraction, a accomplice, a coordinator, a backer, hacker, con man, and gadget man. It additionally had a scheme so ingenious that Frank Sinatra supposedly thought of pulling the job over doing the movie. In Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1991), the crew had color-coded names; in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid they wore 10-gallon hats. Every massive theft wants an inside man, however Inside Man (2006), directed by Spike Lee, had Clive Owen as a bona fide genius.

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