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Two of the best most recent cops-and-robbers movies made. The performances in both are fantastic but I have to give it to Heat for the overall continuity of the movie even as long as it is. It just seems to always be going somewhere even in the duller moments (which are few).
I loved the Town. Loved it. But simply...it's a "wannabe" Heat. Heat set the template...
TheEgant is right; the best thing I can say about The Town is that it reminded me a LOT of Heat. I mean that as an extremely sincere compliment to Ben Affleck. In some ways, I actually consider The Town to be a "less flawed" film than Heat because, let's face it, Heat drags just a little bit in the sections where Pacino and De Niro are involved in the relationships with Diane Venora and Amy Brenneman. Cut out the women (horrible thing to say), and Heat would be a much leaner, tighter, kick-@$$ crime film. In The Town, meanwhile, the love story is very central to the plot. Having said that, I love Heat more anyway. It proudly sits at #4 on my Flickchart. But given a few more years and another viewing of The Town, and it may creep a lot higher on my list.
I'll go with that jm. Heat could win this on screen presence alone though.