Aside from the knockout cast and fascinating dynamics of the premise, there’s another thing that jumps out at me from this trailer for The Town that gives me a tingle of appreciation. The phrase “From the studio that brought you…” is something we don’t see much anymore, and I like the pride inherent in the plug.
Warner Bros does indeed seem to be reestablishing a sterling reputation it once held 60 years ago as the home of urban crime thrillers with a distinctive aura of grit and gloss. In recent years, Warners has been specializing in sophisticated cops-and-robber films again. Not just The Departed association featured here, but I’d say both Nolan’s Batman films have deep roots in noir detective films, and Inception involves a crackerjack heist scheme. Even movies like Michael Clayton, The Brave One and Gran Torino have a high-quality morality-play sheen that sets them a rung or two above most stories of grown-up intrigue. It’s a run of top-notch adult dramas to make other studios envious, and kudos to Warners for being justly proud about it.