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Monday, January 23, 2017

Live By Night: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is a small-time gangster who falls in love with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller) the mistress of the notorious crime-boss Albert White (Robert Glenister). However, when their affair got caught, the two are separated and everything falls apart for Joe as he is also sentenced three years in prison for killing a police officer. When he got out, Joe seeks for revenge and volunteer to work under White's rival, Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone). His project? Take over Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, which is under the hands of White. Soon, with his perseverance and hard work, Joe becomes one of the most powerful men on the city but can he sustain and handle the power?

Ben Affleck proved that he is not only a great actor but also a promising director. However, in his latest project, Affleck fell short in pulling off another film under his wing to be an instant classic. Live By Night is gorgeous in all means, but it never handed a story that can easily get your attention. Imagine a gangster film that lacks in action sequences. It has more irrelevant talkies that feels repetitive and boring at the same time.

It's such a waste since the film is bolstered with an outstanding set of stars. Ben Affleck has been always a charming lead, but you can't simply take away that his character is lazily written. Then there Elle Fanning who seems to pass by with the limited minutes given to her. Zoe Saldana was good but couldn't exceed to her potential. The lone bright spot for me is Sienna Miller, who took the challenge and made herself worthy with the given material.

Overall, Live By Night is a gangster film with an outstanding cast but lacks a strong kick to stand on its own. It badly needs a spark to cover the tedious moments and avoids sending the audience into an unintended nap that they do not deserve. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller

Directed by: Ben Affleck
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  


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