The Town is Ben Affleck’s second time in the director’s chair. It’s a good movie but it’s not on the same level as his first movie, Gone Baby Gone, which is one of the best movies of 2007. “The Town” is about a bank robber in Boston who wants to get out of the business but can’t — the kind of story that’s been told many times. It could have been better if the story wasn’t so predictable and if Affleck wasn’t the star, but it’s still a half-decent movie that shows that Affleck knows how to make intelligent, gritty dramas. If he keeps at it like this, he’s only going to get better as a director.
Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck’s directorial debut and it’s pretty damn good. It’s the story of a private investigator looking for a little girl who has gone missing in his neighbourhood, and brother does he get messed up in some serious shit. And just when you think you know what’s going on, you don’t, and it’s at that point the film shifts into high gear and doesn’t let up until the very last shot. It’s not just a thriller; it’s an intellectually engaging and morally challenging film, one that will give you something to talk about while the credits are rolling. That’s an accomplishment for any film. (Not recommended for parents with small kids, though.)