Live by Night - SHOWTIMES


Live by Night - SHOWTIMES (2016)


Live by Night

IMDB - Score
6.5/10
(13805)
Release Date:
13.12.2016
Genre:
Crime, Drama
Length:
128 Minute
Director
Cast:
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Synopsis

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.





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Wilbert Gilbert ( 2017-04-04 )

Unfulfilled promise
 

Producer, director, writer and lead actor: Ben Affleck. ..



Blanche Mason ( 2017-04-13 )

"Sleep By Day...."
 

Ben Affleck's new movie could best be described as "sprawling". In both directing and writing the screenplay (based on a novel by Dennis Lehane), Affleck has aimed for a "Godfather" style gangster epic and missed: not missed by a country mile, but missed nonetheless. ..



Lynne Cross ( 2017-05-12 )

Live by Night (2016)
 

I've been a fan of Ben Affleck's directional efforts ever since I saw Gone Baby Gone way back in 2007 in theaters. I also loved The Town and think its his best film to date. Live by Night sort of came out of nowhere but I'm always down for Prohibition era crime films. The film seemed to get lukewarm reviews but there was no way I wasn't going to see this for myself. Overall, I'd say I enjoyed it and its better than what other critics are saying. ..



Darren Burton ( 2017-03-19 )

★★★ - not bad, but fairly long and dull
 

After World War I, Joe Coughlin doesn't know what to believe in having witnessed so much death and destruction. He returns to America as an outlaw and begins working for the mob and mafia, burgling, and getting a little too intimate with the boss's wife. Ben Affleck really wanted this to be the Godfather, and be both Coppola and Pacino. It's way off the mark. Firstly, Joe is a bad guy with very little decency, so there's absolutely no reason to root for him. Secondly, Affleck's acting is all over the place in tone - is he badass, caught in the storm, or a nice guy at heart? Apparently all three at various points. Yet his performance is still much better than the supporting cast who never really have any conviction. The art department did a good job though - the costumes, scenery, backdrops and cars all looked fairly authentic. Shame the actors just felt like they were playing fancy dress and not actually from the time period. The main problem is the story though; it seems to go on forever with various twists and turns, but never did it engage my interest. It didn't annoy me, but it certainly didn't entertain me either. A modern gangster thriller, but without the thrills. Solid mis-en-scene, but lacks depth and quality acting and writing. 3/5



Roosevelt Ward ( 2017-06-09 )

A frustrating film that is well intended and, at times, thrilling but never reaches what it aspires to be.
 

*** This review may contain spoilers ***



Janet Chambers ( 2017-05-08 )

The gangster conventions are there, just not the passion.
 

Live By Night tells the story of gangster Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) as he rises, falls then rises again through the criminal underworlds of Boston and Miami. Chronicling his life throughout the prohibition era in America, Joe becomes involved in the most nefarious of situations. He survives a bank heist gone wrong in which a police officers winds up dead, he survives a long stint in prison caused by the betrayal of his femme fatale Emma (Sienne Miller), he goes through so much in the film that you start to wonder less about what is going to happen than as to why it is happening. This is a film that feels incomplete, rushed and all together shallow. Ben Affleck, who has given us some pretty incredible films up until now, shows his weaknesses as a screenwriter but continues to give us more than enough to chew when it comes to his direction. ..



Clinton Lewis ( 2017-04-05 )

Not Really Living To Its Full Potential
 

"Maybe it's true. We all find ourselves in lives we didn't expect. But what I learned was powerful men don't have to be cruel."Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) ..



Claudia Salazar ( 2017-06-13 )

It looks fantastic but as a drama it is severely lacking in impact and finesse.
 

Gangster movies have been a major component to American cinema for quite some time. With established films like The Godfather series, Scarface, among other films, sometimes it can be hard to produce a quality modern day crime film. But Ben Affleck has made an attempt this weekend with the movie Live by Night. Can Affleck's recent resurgence revitalize the gang movie, or does his operation go belly up before it gets started? Robbie K here with another review and as always appreciate the read. ..



Marcos Barker ( 2017-05-22 )

multiple elements that aren't effectively woven together
 

Ben Affleck returns to Dennis Lehane's work with this adaptation of Live By Night, the second novel in a trilogy (starting with The Given Day and finishing with World Gone By). Live By Night is a gangster epic which follows the rise to power of Joe Coughlin, a young Boston criminal who ends up running an empire in Florida for the Italian mob. As with The Town and Argo, Affleck casts himself in the leading role and is joined by an impressive supporting cast including Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Robert Glenister, Chris Cooper and Brendan Gleeson. ..



Mona Marsh ( 2017-05-04 )

"Not enough Tommy guns" - IGN
 

Actor/writer/director Ben Affleck tries his hand at a period piece in this ambitious crime saga beginning in the 1920s Prohibition Era. Joe Coughlin—the son of a renowned Boston police officer—is a small-time crook looking to make a name for himself in the ruthless underworld of organized crime. After a series of tragic circumstances, he relocates to the South to become the frontman/muscle for an Italian mafia bootlegging operation, but quickly gets plunged into the seedy, seductive world of money, power, greed, and corruption. Intriguing at first, with tense moments of action and character interactions, but goes on too long by following too many unrelated story threads, features ineffective casting in key roles, has too many familiar elements, and concludes in pat, sanctimonious fashion. Despite some flavorful ingredients, Affleck's attempt to create a potent, moralizing amalgam of The Town and The Godfather doesn't quite succeed. **½



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