Director/co-writer Ben Affleck delivers a satisfying blend of heist thrills and human drama in The Town
, a tightly scripted adaptation of author Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves
. Far from original yet confidently executed, Affleck’s sophomore outing as a director shows that he has a good eye for action and character detail, two factors that help to keep The Town
fresh even when it starts feeling overly familiar. It’s easy to get caught on the film’s ingenious hook (a bank robber discovers that a former hostage lives in his neighborhood, and befriends her in order to ensure she can’t identify his gang), and the more screenwriters Affleck, Pet...