Ben Affleck’s “The Town” got a terrific response when screened for Oscar voters over the weekend. Affleck wrote, directs, and stars in a thriller that brilliantly winds its way into the criminal mind.
Academy turnout for the screening was larger than normal and the response at the end very enthusiastic with loud applause at the end credits — something rarely seen at the Academy. Greg Kilday of the Hollywood Reporter said “The film, based on Chuck Hogan’s ‘Prince of Thieves’, is easily one of the best films to emerge in 2010. Affleck’s direction and the acting ensemble’s performance were superb.”
Chuck Hogan’s brash tale of four men — thieves, rivals, and friends being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent and the woman who may destroy them all — is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller. “Prince of Thieves” won the Hammett Award for excellence in crime writing and was called one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King.
“The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the combination and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man’s heart — and that man is the “Prince of Thieves”.
Just as “Prince of Thieves” hits the big screen, Chuck Hogan along with co-author Guillermo del Toro — the visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth — sees the release of their second novel in the knuckle-bleaching Strain Trilogy, “The Fall”. This bold, epic novel series is about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. With the future of the world in the balance, a team of fighters must use all their skills and knowledge of the enemy to combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than the humans at first imagined — a fate worse than annihilation.
· The Standoff (1995)
· The Blood Artists (1998)
· The Killing Moon (2007)
· Prince of Thieves (2004)
· The Devils In Exile (2010)
· The Strain (2009) – with Guillermo del Toro
· The Fall (2010) – with Guillermo del Toro
· The Devouring (forthcoming in 2011) – with Guillermo del Toro