After bursting onto the scene and profitable an Academy Award for co-writing Good Will Looking alongside longtime greatest buddy Matt Damon whereas the 2 had been nonetheless of their 20s, Ben Affleck shortly shot to the highest of the Hollywood A-list, however over the following decade, a string of disappointing films noticed the actor more likely to characteristic on the entrance pages of the tabloids than on the prime of the field workplace.
Together with his star fading, Affleck determined to step behind the digital camera, main to an enormous profession reinvention as a critically-acclaimed filmmaker that lots of people by no means noticed coming. His debut flick, Gone Child Gone confirmed large promise, however it was follow-up The City that absolutely established him as a real expertise with a brilliant future as a director.
The crime thriller was a serious success, incomes over $150 million on the field workplace and gaining widespread acclaim, and it nonetheless holds a formidable 93% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, with Jeremy Renner selecting up his second consecutive Academy Award nomination within the course of for his memorable supporting function. Whereas Affleck himself wouldn’t expertise awards season glory till his subsequent film Argo, The City stays arguably his greatest work as a director and has now discovered itself gaining a second life on Netflix since being made out there earlier this week.
The variation of Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves at the moment sits in second place on the streaming service’s High 10 most-watched films checklist, and is the fifth most-viewed title general. That isn’t a foul return for a largely-forgotten crime story that was first launched a decade in the past, particularly when you think about the large quantity of recent content material that arrives on Netflix every month to compete for viewers’ consideration.