So I was looking for a film that had Oscar qualities and the store helps you by putting little placards on the shelves that indicate Oscar candidates. There were several I hadn’t seen and I asked the clerk about a couple of them. He said reviews were mixed on this one and mixed on that one, but The Town had very positive feedback. So I took out The Town.
Guess what. This film is a cliché from front to back, and no offense intended but Ben Affleck is not an actor. In the film he’s supposed to be a bank robber associated with killers and yet he just seems like another guy. He’s supposed to be cool and tough and guess what? It just doesn’t work. Or is he trying to portray a hard guy who has a soft side? It's confusing.
Dicaprio has the look. Javier Bardem knows how to play it. Woody Harrelson can be a killer. Ben Affleck just shouldn’t be in this role. He’s not believable.
Wah wah wah, the whole section where he tells his life story to his new love interest is supposed to get sympathy but again, this is such a cliché way of dumping the details into the story in an attempt to make him a real character. It just doesn’t work. Maybe it's because we've seen this scene so many times before. Two thumbs down for the screen writer. The director should have known better. Oh... that's Ben Affleck, too.