Movie Reviews – 3 New Movies For Guys

The summer movie season is coming to a conclusion, but there are three recently released movies which are sure to appeal to HardyMag readers:

The Town (In Theaters September 17th)

Ben Affleck amply illustrated his talents behind the camera in his previous directorial effort with Gone Baby Gone.  This movie had met with critical acclaim, but some proffered that Gone Baby Gone represented a fluke, and that Affleck would not be able to direct a second successful film.  Two years later, The Town now puts those claims to rest.  Although The Town has many similarities to Gone Baby Gone (including the gritty Boston backdrop), this latest offering from Affleck is much larger than Gone Baby Gone on a variety of levels.

The Town features deep — and often overlapping — plotlines contained within a sprawling crime-drama epic.  Iconic scenes include a stick-up at Fenway Park along with dramatic shoot-outs — often with an unexpected twist.  The Town chronicles a group of “low-rent” bank robbers from Boston’s tough “white ghetto” along with their exploits with women and (often violent) encounters with law enforcement authorities.  Affleck’s character falls into this world, but upon meeting an upscale honey (played by Rebecca Hall) ponders exiting this illicit underworld.

However, he must pull of that proverbial “one last job” which leads to the inevitable drama surrounding this plot device.  Affleck’s and Hall’s characters happen to meet when he his holding a gun to her head during a robbery — but his disguise has her clueless as to his real identity as their relationship develops with dramatic twists and turns.  Guys seeking an intelligent crime drama produced with real directorial talent should be The Town at the top of their movies-to-see list.

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The Social Network ( In Theaters September 27th)

The Social Network is a film by David Fincher which uses the vehicle of Facebook history in order to touch upon several themes inherent within human nature including greed, power and the desire to be acknowledged.  This movie chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook along with its controversial founder, Mark Zuckerberg.  Superficially, the movie offers viewers a glimpse into what it is like to be the world’s youngest billionaire, and insights into the reasons behind the site’s success including the omnipresent need for acceptance from our fellow human beings.

The movie begins with Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) having a drink at a bar with his then girlfriend pontificating about the importance of having a membership within one of Harvard’s eight exclusive societies referred to as “final clubs”.  This sets a main theme of the movie which is not too kind towards Zuckerberg.  He is portrayed as being obsessed with exclusivity, and just a plain asshole in general.  Surely this is partly a desire of Fincher to play upon obvious envy of Zuckerberg’s success from the audience and the growing disenchantment in some quarters over Facebook policies — especially within the realm of privacy.

The Social Network depicts the ups and downs within Zuckerberg’s unparalleled rise to wealth and fame — including his run in with the Winklevoss twins who ended up claiming that Zuckerberg stole their idea for a ground breaking online social network.  As history has shown, Zuckerberg overcame these challenges along with myriad others thrown in his path on his quest to dominate the online social networking space.  This movie provides both interesting insights into human nature as well as a glimpse behind the scenes of one of America’s most amazing entrepreneurial successes.

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The American (Released September 3rd)

The American provides for a unique combination between a 70’s Italian art film and a modern day action thriller.  The movie takes a minimalist approach relying upon a clever plotline and superior acting on the part of George Clooney in order to get its point across.  The American comes across as partly James Bond flick synthesized with the aura of an old time Western.  The story starts off in Sweden with a gripping action scene, and it then transitions down the European continent into Italy.

A sufficient combination of guns along with hot women is sure to keep the superficial attention of a male audience, but the plot also stimulates the mind with several unexpected twists and turns.  Those in the mood for a stylish action thriller should definitely check out The American.

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