With Ben Affleck’s latest film, The Accountant, in cinemas this Friday, we decided to take a look at some of Affleck’s greatest films that have made him force to be reckoned with. It’s fair to say that since being lampooned after some career choices earlier in his career (Gigli anyone?), Affleck has certainly come back with a vengeance.

The Town

The Town is an American crime drama which was released in 2010.  Ben Affleck not only starred in the film but also directed and co-wrote it. It was adapted from Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves. The film takes place in Boston’s bleak Charlestown, criminals work around a code of silence; those caught have to deal with the sentence and serve their time. Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) masterminds bank robberies with three other friends: Jem, Des, an electrician, and Al, their driver. After a messy bank job, Doug must make sure the bank manager, Claire, who lives in Charlestown, doesn’t know who they are. He contrives to meet her and then finds her appealing. As the FBI begin to get closer in on the gang, Doug wants out, Claire doesn’t know who he really is, and Jem and their money launderer, an aging florist, insist that Doug does one more job.

 

Argo

Argo is an American biographical historical drama film which was again directed by Ben Affleck, along with him starring in it as well, and was written by Chris Terrio. Set in 1979, the American embassy in Iran is invaded by the Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. Six of the hostages managed to escape to the home of the Canadian Ambassador where the CIA gets ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a very dangerous plan, which was to create a phony Canadian film project which is looking to shoot in Iran. Through this decoy they planned to smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer.

 

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller film based on Gillain Flynn’s novel of the same name. It is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck alongside Rosamund Pike. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Slowly throughout the investigation, the pressure from both the police and a growing media frenzy start to weigh down on Nick. The portrait of a innocent blissful union begins to crumble more and more. Nick’s strange behavior eventually has everyone asking the dark question of whether he himself killed his wife.

 

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Dawn of Justice was one of the first feature films on the big screen to have both the DC characters, Superman and Batman, together. Despite its mixed reception, Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the billionaire Bruce Wayne/Batman was loved by many. In the wake of the destruction of Metropolis following the events of Man of Steel, the people try to determine whether Superman (Henry Cavill) should be praised as a hero or if he should turn himself over to the authorities and be trialled for his actions. Batman (Ben Affleck) sees Superman as a danger to everyone and believes that everyone should be ready to take him out as he is just too powerful. Alongside these two, Lex Luthor has his own devious plans in the works to try and control both the Bat of Gotham and the Son of Krypton.

 

The Accountant

The Accountant is an action crime thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque and it stars Ben Affleck alongside Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Tambor. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math genius being more in tune with numbers than any average person. Christian works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations behind the cover of a smalltown accounting firm. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J. K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian decides to try and take on a client which is much safer compared to the criminal organisations he’s worked for. He gets hired as the accountant for a state-of-the-art robotics company where another one of their accounting clerks. Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, he begins to discover that this client was no different to the criminals he has previously worked for.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.