Ben Affleck’s fantastic directorial debut Gone Baby Gone caught a lot of people off guard and proved that he might have a promising career ahead of him as a filmmaker. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been that big of a surprise considering that he and Matt Damon won an Oscar for writing Good Will Hunting, but at any rate, I’ve been looking forward to his next film ever since. The Town is Affleck’s second gig as a director, and it just so happens that it’s another crime thriller set in Boston that is based on a novel. This one draws from Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves, about a bank robber who starts to develop feelings for a woman who was injured in his latest heist.
The thing that may or may not break this film is the fact that Affleck has decided to give himself the lead role this time around. He wisely decided to stay behind the camera for Gone Baby Gone, but now people will be forced to resolve their feelings for both Affleck: The Director and Affleck: The Actor, which could get ugly. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) plays an F.B.I. agent who is on the trail, while Jeremy Renner plays one of his partners in crime. I have to admit, this trailer did get me pretty excited, but in its attempt to feel epic it also gives off the feeling that it could slip into self-parody at any moment. The Town hits theatres on September 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.