"I got one guaranteed life. I was going to live it," Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era mobster declares in the new trailer for "Live By Night." Yeah, he does — he's got the drinks, the women, the guns, the cars, the boats, the dapper hats, and of course, the money. But as the trailer ominously warns, "Witness the price of the American dream."
"Live By Night" is based on Dennis Lehane's novel and centers on Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the son of a Boston police boss who decides he enjoys the life of an outlaw in Florida. But his sense of justice and open heart leave him vulnerable, both in business and in love.
This is Affleck's first directorial effort since the Oscar-winning "Argo." So, there's a lot of anticipation (and awards buzz) surrounding it. The cinematography is stunning, and the sense of time and place is palpable. The performances, including Affleck's, look top-notch. Should be an Oscar contender!
"Live By Night" opens in limited release Christmas Day and nationwide January 13.
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It's the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. Read More