Live By Night Review | The Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 402
The Hollywood Redux Podcast pays a visit to a prohibition stricken Boston in the roaring ’20s with their review of Warner Brother’s latest film, Live By Night starring Ben Affleck.
Live By Night was originally a crime novel by Dennis Lehane that was published in 2012 and adapted for the big screen by Warner Bros, Appian Way and Pearl Street Films. Written, directed and starring Ben Affleck as Joe Coughlin, a World War I veteran and the youngest son of a high-profile Boston police captain (Brendan Gleeson), a war hero who has returned only to become an outlaw. When Joe’s secret affair with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller) is threatened to be revealed to Irish mob boss Albert White (Robert Glenister) – in which Emma is entangled with – Joe and Emma plan on taking off to California for safety after one last robbery. After Joe robs a bank with his buddies, Dion (Chris Messina) and Paolo Bartolo, they try to flee the police in pursuit – killing an officer – in what is one of the best and most pleasing car chases in recent years. Now, with his face in every paper, Joe’s plan is foiled when he’s sold up the river by Emma to Mr. White culminating in an severe beating by Boston’s finest.
Waking in the hospital, Joe is physically broken and becomes emotionally stricken when he is informed that his love, Emma, has died. With only a lust for revenge, Joe joins the Italian mob with the intent of killing Albert White. Joe quickly moves up the ranks of the crime syndicate by securing safe distribution of the mob’s bootlegged rum with the help of the Cubans. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the edge. Joe was once a good man.
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