Live by Night (review)

Live by Night (review)
Live by Night (review)
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One of the best things about Prohibition-era gangster flicks is that you can bet on neat old cars, cool period clothes and traditional violence. They spent plenty of money on film one to give it rich historical heft, but writer/director Ben Affleck didn’t bring anything new to the genre. He also plays the lead, a somewhat principled crook, who resists pressure to join a gang until he has no choice. This takes him to Tampa, where he gets involved with the rum trade and a beautiful Cuban woman. This movie unfolds with predictable plot points and uninteresting characters, but has sufficient energy to keep it moving. What it’s missing is any compelling drama or emotional impact. Instead, it’s a rather bland, quickly forgettable entry into the gangster pantheon.

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

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