Saturday, January 28, 2017

Live By Night

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Brendan Gleeson , Chris Cooper , Elle Fanning

Set during the Prohibition, this is based on Dennis Lehane's novel, Gone Girl, and tells the story of a group of Boston hoodlums, led by Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck). After Irish Moll and love interest (Sienna Miller) helps Coughlin with his minor crime spree in Boston, she reluctantly betrays him to her ruthless gangster boyfriend Albert White (Robert Glenister). After he is jailed for a botched bank robbery and released he joins White’s nemesis and gang rival Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone), out for vengeance. Coughlin is sent to Florida to develop the rum run with the Cubans and has to face off against the local competition, Albert White, and the Klu Klux Klan. There he meets and falls in love with and Zoe Saldana. What follows is rootin'-tootin' gangers stuff, which should have made this as good as Goodfellas or the Sopranos, but sadly it is not. Overlong at 129 miniutes, tedious dialogue, unconvincing acting, and a lack of star perfomance, all add to make this one, a big yawn.