Jack Richards 11/1/10 SUPA English Benton The Town The trailer sets the stage by casting a darker, more mysterious mood with a metallic Warner Bros symbol. Following this symbol is one of those long casted noises like a boom that fades out. One thing about movie trailers is you can usually tell the genre of the film that is about to be presented to you just from the first ten seconds, or opening scene such as the one I just described. This trailer was a little different though. One might have thought it would be a horror or scary movie right off the bat, but as the trailer progresses you see it is more focused around crime and some romance intertwined. The next scene you see is a figure in all black, or what seems to be a black robe covering their entire body, getting out of a van and smashing a police officer in the face with the butt of his rifle. This opening scene can say a lot about the movies focus and what they’re trying to portray. The all black figure shows a sense of power, and the police officer getting hit in the face with such violence shows the lack of power that will probably be seen throughout the movie by the police. This provokes the first sense of powerful city crime in the movie, but it’s a smart and organized crime, the kind that police officers fear the most. Then the trailer introduces the girl. Her name was Ms. Casey and the trailer informs the viewer that she works at the bank, and she was abducted by the bank robbers, but never hurt. She looks like classy middle class woman. Her job implies that she is smart and good with people, and she’s pretty. This introduces the second plot twisted throughout the movie. You know that she will fall into some sort of romance but you’re not quite sure yet. Ms. Casey informs the interrogating officer that they were all men, and they were all wearing scary outfits. The next scene shows her crying due to some residual effects of the kidnapping. This is when the two lives or plots come together. In a nail salon she is still experiencing some of these effects and Ben Affleck seems to take a liking to her, and asks to buy her a drink and comfort her. He captures her using humor, saying “I like to have a good cry at the nail salon,” which she responded to with a giggle and a smile. This is how the trailer ensures the viewer they will hit it off and there will be romance between the two. The next scene shows once again the bank robbers, this time wearing nun masks and outfits in a car. One of the nuns makes eye contact with a boy on the side of the road and the gaze at each other for quite some time. This part in the trailer ensures it’s viewers that this crime isn’t necessarily malevolent, nor is it heinous. This scene shows the viewer that the masked men are in it for the money, but somewhat value their community and regret the negative effects of their job. Shortly after this scene you see a door opening and yet another female character is introduced. She appears to have tattoos, dangling jewelry, and almost a less classy look to her, yet she is still pretty. Now there are two females, and one male introduced in the story. If the viewer makes the link, they all must be somehow connected. Maybe it is a double romance, maybe she is a sister or a sibling of Affleck. The following scene gets away from the women for a bit and focuses on now Affleck to let the viewer learn a little more about him and the character he plays named Doug. Affleck appears physically and mentally strong, and the viewer is told his father is in prison. It shows a couple scenes about the father and Affleck talking in prison. This scene shows that Affleck may have had a rough childhood, or maybe his parents were around much. His mother is never mentioned and leaves the viewer in somewhat of a mystery to what Doug’s life is really like. The following scene show Affleck in a car with his friend and they have a series of serious and angry looks. Then the following statistic is told. “There are three hundred bank robberies in Boston every year; most of these professionals live in a one square mile neighborhood called Charlestown.” Regardless how accurate this is, this quote goes to show how Charlestown is dense with crime and is probably a targeted neighborhood by the police. The following scene gets back to the relationship between Doug and Ms. Casey where Doug seems to be lying to Ms. Casey about the whereabouts of his parents and what has really happened to them. He seems to be living a lie. Then another scene is shown where Doug and his friend seem to be arguing when the friend shouts “You grew up right here, the same rules that I did,” and leaves the viewer under the impression that Doug is having trouble focusing between his friends, his women, and his job which is unfolded the next scene. Doug even says “The fact that anything might happen to her, I’ma kill both of ya.” The next scene is where the whole movie comes together for the viewer. It involves some of the major players. The camera is focused on one of the masked figures in the back of the van sitting with a blindfolded Ms. Casey. The masked figure takes of his blindfold and you see Doug’s face.
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