Live by Night (2016)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.




  • Jonathan Kite at an event for Live by Night (2016)
  • Ben Affleck in Live by Night (2016)
  • Remo Girone and Massi Furlan in Live by Night (2016)
  • Remo Girone and Zak Lee in Live by Night (2016)
  • Miguel at an event for Live by Night (2016)
  • Ben Affleck and Chris Messina in Live by Night (2016)

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20 January 2019 | BestBenedikt
| Unfortunately Affleck's worst film so far
Ben Affleck has already proven being capable of directing good films in the past. But even though his talent in this regard occasionally shines through in LIVE BY NIGHT, his latest directorial effort is ultimately superficial and blank.

While the film offers some nice scenes including a well crafted final shootout, the main problem lies in the weak script. The jumbled plot doesn't allow for any character development and instead chooses to cobble together a bunch of gangster film clichés that we've all seen before in better films.

Speaking of character development, the tagline to the film "Joe was once a good man" doesn't make any sense, since Joe is portrayed as a criminal from the get-go. But although his actions during the two hour runtime certainly make him seem like an asshole, the film constantly tries to market him as the good guy and desperately tries to give him a moral profile.

Aside from that, Ben Affleck generally felt miscast and at times even completely out of place. Him being in his forties and performing the role of a young man rising up to power was just unsuitable for the film. It reminded me of Tom Cruise playing that young soldier in THE MUMMY - and we all know how that worked out.

Unfortunately, LIVE BY NIGHT is a weak and forgettable film. Affleck probably knew that, as suggested by his uninspired and sleepwalking performance. Let's hope his next film will turn the tide for the better.

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