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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Town’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Is there a big ’ol spoiler in this trailer? Cuz there’s something here that I would have thought would be a secret. Maybe it isn’t — maybe it’s a key part of the story from the beginning. It’s revealed in the brief plot synopsis on the movie’s IMDB page, so maybe it’s okay that the trailer reveals it, too.

I hope it’s not spoiler because after Gone Baby Gone, I would follow Ben Affleck as a director anywhere… and certainly to another movie about working-class Boston, which he captured in Gone in a way that I haven’t seen on film before.

So it’s really kinda not fair that the trailer says “From the acclaimed director of Gone Baby Gone” and not “From Ben Affleck, the acclaimed director of Gone Baby Gone.” Kinda not fair at all. Maybe if this one is as powerful and as well received as Gone, Affleck will be able to put his own name on the marketing of his movies.

Pity about the title, though. I’m sure there were lots of good reasons to change it from Prince of Thieves, the title of the Chuck Hogan novel on which this is based. But just as surely, something more grabby than The Town could have been found.

Also: Jon Hamm. Yum.

The Town opens in the U.S. and Canada on September 17, and in the U.K. on October 8.

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  • Ide Cyan

    I haven’t finished reading the book, but I can tell you that the “big reveal” in the trailer isn’t a spoiler, at least in the book, since it’s established at the very beginning of the story (and on the back cover blurb of the French translation library copy I have) and not kept secret from the reader at all.

  • As I said when I saw Cinematical’s piece, the “spoiler” can’t possibly be a spoiler. What would the movie’s dynamic be if the audience didn’t know?

  • MaryAnn

    What would the movie’s dynamic be if the audience didn’t know?

    Lots of movies get thrown at us that don’t seem to have any such dynamic, so why not this one? :->

    I’m glad that it seems not to be a spoiler. The trailer plays, however, very much like those trailer that do give away major plot twists.

  • Ide Cyan

    I saw your tweet (http://twitter.com/maryannjohanson/status/24411396588)that you were “blown away” by The Town. Looking forward to your review!

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