The Town - Ben Affleck and Jem Coughlin
Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) and Jeremy Renner (Jem Coughlin) © 2010 Warner Bros

This is very much Ben Affleck’s film. He wrote, Directed and stars in it. We will be posting interviews with him as well as co-stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and Blake Lively. The movie has had an early preview at some film festivals last week but gets a general release this week.


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.

USA and Canada release September 17, 2010
Australia release October 14, 2010

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online