by Del Harvey
Review by Wayne Case
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THE TOWN will easily make my Top Ten of 2010. So far this year, I haven’t seen anything else this well directed. I can’t find a thing about it that I didn’t like. Ben Affleck actually improves on the outstanding directing he did on his only other behind-the-camera stint, the equally wonderful GONE BABY GONE (2007). There is not a bit of fat present here and each scene really counts. Nothing introduced goes unanswered or unresolved by the fadeout. The balance between action and emotion is perfect.
From the stars right down through extras, the cast is amazing. Ben Affleck, directing himself, gives the best performance of his career. He builds on his excellent work in HOLLYWOODLAND (2006). Rebecca Hall (VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA - ‘08), Jon Hamm (AMC Television’s MAD MEN -2007-10+), Jeremy Renner (THE HURT
All technical components are as good as it gets including expert editing from Dylan Tichenor (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - ‘05); original music by Harry Gregson-Williams (MAN ON FIRE - ‘04) & David Buckley; cinematography of Robert Elswit (BOOGIE NIGHTS - 1997).
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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