Ben Affleck has served as Writer/Producer/Director/Actor on the Prohibition thriller Live By Night and I’m happy to report that he has done an admirable job in all areas.
There are love affairs with the girlfriend (Sienna Miller) of Boston’s Irish crime lord (Robert Glenister) and the sister (Zoe Saldana) of the Florida rum supplier (Miguel). There is a sanctimonious Florida Law Official (Chris Cooper) and his reformed addict now religious nut daughter (Elle Fanning).
And, there is action galore.
Production Designer Jess Gonchor’s sets and old cars are wonderful and Cinematographer Robert Richardson’s images are crisp.
If you like period thrillers, you’ll enjoy Live By Night. I give it a 4 out of 5.