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Ben Affleck steals hearts and dollars in the trailer for The Town

Jul. 15, 2010by:

After his excellent directing debut GONE BABY GONE, I've been looking forward to seeing what else Ben Affleck can do behind the camera.

And his second feature THE TOWN certainly seems more ambitious, with the Boston boy coming back to his old stomping grounds to knock over a few banks with Jeremy Renner. A killer cast, a HEAT vibe and a solid trailer make this one pretty high on the watch list.

The synopsis: "Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage--bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name... and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug...not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous, and potentially deadly, path."

The movie is an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's book "The Prince of Thieves" (kind of a better title, but whatever). Check out the trailer below or in HD at Apple.

Extra Tidbit: Adrian Lyne (JACOB'S LADDER) was originally going to direct the movie.
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8:09AM on 07/19/2010
Very down for some more Beantown crime-drama.
Very down for some more Beantown crime-drama.
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3:49PM on 07/18/2010

Good Lord That's Awesome.

Cannot wait to see this. Crossing my fingers for some Blake Lively boobage.
Cannot wait to see this. Crossing my fingers for some Blake Lively boobage.
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2:32AM on 07/18/2010

IDK

maybe its me, but this still seems to follow the same old pattern most trailers out today do. departed meets gone baby gone, thats all. it might be a sweet crime drama, but not fresh enough to spark my interests,
maybe its me, but this still seems to follow the same old pattern most trailers out today do. departed meets gone baby gone, thats all. it might be a sweet crime drama, but not fresh enough to spark my interests,
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3:53PM on 07/16/2010

I was already looking forward to this

But I didn't know Chris Cooper was in it. Hell, now I'm REALLY looking forward to it.
But I didn't know Chris Cooper was in it. Hell, now I'm REALLY looking forward to it.
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3:29PM on 07/16/2010
If this isn't gonna be awesome I'll lick my left testicle and tell the other one that he should fuck off.
If this isn't gonna be awesome I'll lick my left testicle and tell the other one that he should fuck off.
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10:23AM on 07/16/2010

Affleck

Trailer looked sick... saw it at Inception. But the tagline of "from the acclaimed director of 'Gone Baby Gone'" bothered me. It was his only movie, and they have the balls to refer to him as an "acclaimed" director? Get off your high horse, Affleck. But yea, movie looks tight.
Trailer looked sick... saw it at Inception. But the tagline of "from the acclaimed director of 'Gone Baby Gone'" bothered me. It was his only movie, and they have the balls to refer to him as an "acclaimed" director? Get off your high horse, Affleck. But yea, movie looks tight.
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8:54PM on 07/16/2010
Acclaim is defined as praise. I remember him being critically successful with Gone Baby Gone, so it makes perfect sense. No?
Acclaim is defined as praise. I remember him being critically successful with Gone Baby Gone, so it makes perfect sense. No?
10:59PM on 07/17/2010
The studio is who decides on the trailer copy - not Ben Affleck - and as cerealkiller182 posted below, ANY director who has received critical praise can be fairly described as "acclaimed", regardless of how many films they have made.
The studio is who decides on the trailer copy - not Ben Affleck - and as cerealkiller182 posted below, ANY director who has received critical praise can be fairly described as "acclaimed", regardless of how many films they have made.
10:17AM on 07/16/2010
Fucking A. Jeremy Renner for the win
Fucking A. Jeremy Renner for the win
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9:30AM on 07/16/2010
Shit. Why you gotta show me the whole movie in 2 minutes??? I'm not even a tiny bit interested in watching it now.

Love Affleck but won't pay money to see this.
Shit. Why you gotta show me the whole movie in 2 minutes??? I'm not even a tiny bit interested in watching it now.

Love Affleck but won't pay money to see this.
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5:46AM on 07/16/2010

it looks ok...

but a bit obvious, i could see a mile away he was one of the robbers as soon as he made contact with the girl, nevertheless, looks good :)
but a bit obvious, i could see a mile away he was one of the robbers as soon as he made contact with the girl, nevertheless, looks good :)
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8:49PM on 07/17/2010
Er... they outright told you in the trailer that he was a bank robber.
Er... they outright told you in the trailer that he was a bank robber.
4:38AM on 07/16/2010

YESSSS

I saw a the trailer for this before Inception earlier(GREAT by the way) and instantly wanted to see this movie, I hadn't heard anything about it really but I'm pumped to see it.
I saw a the trailer for this before Inception earlier(GREAT by the way) and instantly wanted to see this movie, I hadn't heard anything about it really but I'm pumped to see it.
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4:17AM on 07/16/2010

I shit myself from excitment!!!

Wow, wasn't expecting that! This film just shot to the top of my radar. I thought Gone Baby Gone was surprisingly well directed. This could be the return or the rebirth of Affleck.
Wow, wasn't expecting that! This film just shot to the top of my radar. I thought Gone Baby Gone was surprisingly well directed. This could be the return or the rebirth of Affleck.
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3:42AM on 07/16/2010
Looks quite excellent! Very excited for it.
Looks quite excellent! Very excited for it.
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3:28AM on 07/16/2010
Holy shit I thought this be good but now after the trailer it looks fucking amazing
Holy shit I thought this be good but now after the trailer it looks fucking amazing
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3:22AM on 07/16/2010
Alot of articles on joblo this week is really giving me a good feeling. First that new sci-FI movie called I'm.Mortal, then Devil, and now this movie is giving me a feeling that maybe hollywood is rediscovering it's roots.
Alot of articles on joblo this week is really giving me a good feeling. First that new sci-FI movie called I'm.Mortal, then Devil, and now this movie is giving me a feeling that maybe hollywood is rediscovering it's roots.
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2:37AM on 07/16/2010

Cool

Now that's what the fuck Im talkin about. Looks great!
Now that's what the fuck Im talkin about. Looks great!
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2:27AM on 07/16/2010
Looks really good to me. Can't wait.
Looks really good to me. Can't wait.
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2:13AM on 07/16/2010

You ar nooot a COP!

Dude this movie is going to be fuckin awesome. John Hamm from Madmen is just a leading actor waiting for a break out role and this has to be the one. I loved Affleck man this could be his acting comeback even though I still love Armageddon hahaha. This movie has so much talent and I love when directors take risks and Affleck knows what he is doing behind the camera. Can't wait....but only thing Blake Lively ii WAY TO HOT to be in Southie in Beantown....I mean seriously I was there last
Dude this movie is going to be fuckin awesome. John Hamm from Madmen is just a leading actor waiting for a break out role and this has to be the one. I loved Affleck man this could be his acting comeback even though I still love Armageddon hahaha. This movie has so much talent and I love when directors take risks and Affleck knows what he is doing behind the camera. Can't wait....but only thing Blake Lively ii WAY TO HOT to be in Southie in Beantown....I mean seriously I was there last weekend in a bar drinking next to a pregnant women and it had the feeling of a place I was going to get stabbed...which is my kind of place! "Those Firefighters are a bunch of fucking homos" hahaha
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7:37PM on 07/17/2010
If you haven't found any serious hotties in Southie, than you are either looking in the wrong places, or you just haven't spent much time there.
If you haven't found any serious hotties in Southie, than you are either looking in the wrong places, or you just haven't spent much time there.
12:19PM on 07/18/2010
Hahaha your probably right.....
Hahaha your probably right.....
2:05AM on 07/16/2010
THIS is how you do a trailer!!!!!! Day 1. Hands down!
THIS is how you do a trailer!!!!!! Day 1. Hands down!
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1:33AM on 07/16/2010
Hadn't heard of this movie 2 minutes and 28 seconds ago, but count me in.
Hadn't heard of this movie 2 minutes and 28 seconds ago, but count me in.
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1:14AM on 07/16/2010
This movie looks awesome. I'm really surprised with Ben Affleck's competency as a director.

And people are too uptight about what's revealed in trailers. The trailer covered everything that the synopsis for the book covers on Amazon. Goddamn.
This movie looks awesome. I'm really surprised with Ben Affleck's competency as a director.

And people are too uptight about what's revealed in trailers. The trailer covered everything that the synopsis for the book covers on Amazon. Goddamn.
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1:03AM on 07/16/2010

Holy Shit!

That's what I call a trailer. Ben Affleck is one badass mofo, both on and off screen.
That's what I call a trailer. Ben Affleck is one badass mofo, both on and off screen.
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12:56AM on 07/16/2010

Looks good but

why did they show everything??
why did they show everything??
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12:54AM on 07/16/2010

Sold

Word, bitch, Phantoms like a mallfucker!!
With this cast, the trailer doesn't need dialogue, just a nice montage. Plus, Kobayashi is in this, so I'm expecting Keyser Soze is pulling the strings.
Word, bitch, Phantoms like a mallfucker!!
With this cast, the trailer doesn't need dialogue, just a nice montage. Plus, Kobayashi is in this, so I'm expecting Keyser Soze is pulling the strings.
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12:52AM on 07/16/2010
Damn. That looks really good. Glad to see Affleck find a better suited career. He did some great work with Gone Baby Gone and he's got a pretty bad-ass cast going for this.
Damn. That looks really good. Glad to see Affleck find a better suited career. He did some great work with Gone Baby Gone and he's got a pretty bad-ass cast going for this.
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12:03AM on 07/16/2010

Wow

I was already looking forward to this movie, but now this is number one on my list besides Inception (which I will be seeing this weekend).
I was already looking forward to this movie, but now this is number one on my list besides Inception (which I will be seeing this weekend).
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11:52PM on 07/15/2010
Had never heard anything about this before seeing the trailer. I really like what I see, reminded me of Heat!
Had never heard anything about this before seeing the trailer. I really like what I see, reminded me of Heat!
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11:48PM on 07/15/2010

NICE!

I LOVED Gone Baby Gone, and Affleck just kicked it up a notch in acting and directing. He may have the greatest career resurrection in history.
I LOVED Gone Baby Gone, and Affleck just kicked it up a notch in acting and directing. He may have the greatest career resurrection in history.
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11:27PM on 07/15/2010

welcome back ben...

keep this momentum going and pick your scripts carefully and you'll be here to stay. first 'state of play' now this, Fucking Awesome.
keep this momentum going and pick your scripts carefully and you'll be here to stay. first 'state of play' now this, Fucking Awesome.
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11:26PM on 07/15/2010

WOW!!!

WOW!!! That's was one intense trailer. Affleck looking like a bad-ass in front of the camera AND tearing it up as director in what looks to have some of the best gunplay since HEAT. I like the title Prince of Thieves better as well but they probably didn't want people to think of Robin Hood.
WOW!!! That's was one intense trailer. Affleck looking like a bad-ass in front of the camera AND tearing it up as director in what looks to have some of the best gunplay since HEAT. I like the title Prince of Thieves better as well but they probably didn't want people to think of Robin Hood.
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11:26PM on 07/15/2010
i have really enjoyed hating Ben Affleck for the longest time and now i hate him more for making a movie that i really really want to see.Curse you Ben Affleck.
i have really enjoyed hating Ben Affleck for the longest time and now i hate him more for making a movie that i really really want to see.Curse you Ben Affleck.
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11:18PM on 07/15/2010
Holy shit! I wasn't expecting that at all. 2 minutes and 28 seconds of pure awesomeness.
Holy shit! I wasn't expecting that at all. 2 minutes and 28 seconds of pure awesomeness.
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11:11PM on 07/15/2010
That fucking ruled. Awesome. Consider me in.
That fucking ruled. Awesome. Consider me in.
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11:04PM on 07/15/2010
Holy shit, that trailer is amazing
Holy shit, that trailer is amazing
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10:58PM on 07/15/2010
holy fuck me! I was not expecting that from what I read about it a while back.. Gone Baby Gone was grim and gritty.. this looks even better.. Welcome Back Affleck!
holy fuck me! I was not expecting that from what I read about it a while back.. Gone Baby Gone was grim and gritty.. this looks even better.. Welcome Back Affleck!
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10:55PM on 07/15/2010
That was an Epic trailer. Seriously, maybe the best trailer this year. Like JoBlo said it's like Heat but in Boston which is a very GOOD thing. I have always been a fan of Affleck and think he is a good actor and maybe an even better director after seeing this. After watching this trailer, this movie just shot up my most anticipated list of the year. Big, Big fan of the cast as well, Affleck, Hamm, and Renner all in one movie like this is a dream come true.
That was an Epic trailer. Seriously, maybe the best trailer this year. Like JoBlo said it's like Heat but in Boston which is a very GOOD thing. I have always been a fan of Affleck and think he is a good actor and maybe an even better director after seeing this. After watching this trailer, this movie just shot up my most anticipated list of the year. Big, Big fan of the cast as well, Affleck, Hamm, and Renner all in one movie like this is a dream come true.
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10:53PM on 07/15/2010

Affleck fan

good to see him makin moves again. this looks pretty good, like the cast
good to see him makin moves again. this looks pretty good, like the cast
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10:52PM on 07/15/2010
This looks pretty awesome. Like HEAT but in Boston. Can Affleck be carving himself a new career as director extraordinaire?
This looks pretty awesome. Like HEAT but in Boston. Can Affleck be carving himself a new career as director extraordinaire?
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10:48PM on 07/15/2010

Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.

This looks great. Renner is terribly underrated, and Affleck keeps proving all the haters wrong. Can't wait to see this.
This looks great. Renner is terribly underrated, and Affleck keeps proving all the haters wrong. Can't wait to see this.
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10:46PM on 07/15/2010

Very cool...

Ben Affleck did a solid job on GBG, and if this trailer's a good indicator he seems to have topped it. Looking forward to this.
Ben Affleck did a solid job on GBG, and if this trailer's a good indicator he seems to have topped it. Looking forward to this.
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10:39PM on 07/15/2010
I'll do it!
I'll do it!
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