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Posted January 9, 2017 by

 
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Critics Review: ★★★ (2 reviews)
Film Bloggers Review: ★★★ (7 reviews)

SYNOPSIS

Boston, 1926. Tahun ’20-an bergemuruh. Minuman keras beredar di mana-mana, kekerasan bersenjata merajalela, dan seorang pria bertekad untuk meraih kesuksesan. Ketika terjadi masa pelarangan minuman keras, jaringan bawah tanah yang terdiri dari tempat penyulingan alkohol, kedai minum ilegal, gangster, dan polisi korup pun bermunculan. Joe Coughlin, putra bungsu seorang kapten polisi Boston terkemuka, telah lama meninggalkan dunia tempatnya dibesarkan dengan tegas dan santun. Kini, setelah berhasil meninggalkan masa lalunya sebagai pencuri kelas teri dan akhirnya punya karier sebagai pemimpin mafia paling ditakuti, Joe menikmati harta, kesenangan, dan ketenaran karena menjadi seorang penjahat.

Tetapi, hidup di dunia kejahatan punya harga mahal. Di saat di mana pria-pria keji yang punya ambisi, dipersenjatai uang melimpah, minuman keras ilegal dan senjata, mulai berperang memperebutkan kekuasaan, tidak ada orang—bahkan keluarga, atau teman, atau musuh, maupun kekasih—yang bisa dipercaya. Di luar uang dan kekuasaan, bahkan dengan ancaman masuk penjara, sepertinya orang seperti Joe hanya punya satu takdir: mati lebih cepat. Tetapi, sampai hari itu tiba, ia dan teman-temannya bertekad untuk hidup semaksimal mungkin.

Joe memulai sebuah perjalanan untuk menggapai puncak dunia kriminal yang membawanya dari Boston di masa keemasan jazz sampai ke gemerlapnya Latin Quarter di Tampa, hingga panasnya jalanan Kuba.

 

Boston, 1926. The ’20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. 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 hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

General Information

Director: Ben Affleck
Scriptwriter: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, Remo Girone, Robert Glenister, Matthew Maher, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller
Running Time: 127 minutes
Release Date: 11 January 2017

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CRITICS REVIEW

AMIR SYARIF SIREGAR (Flick Magazine)

Live by Night lebih sering terlihat sebagai tribut untuk film-film crime drama klasik Hollywood lewat penampilannya daripada terasa menjadi sebuah film crime drama klasik baru yang akan mampu diingat dan memberikan kesan mendalam kepada para penontonnya. Rating: ★★1/2

WAYAN DIANANTO (Tabloid Bintang)

NA. Rating: ★★★1/2

 

BLOGGERS REVIEW

DANIEL IRAWAN (Daniel Dokter)

There’s nothing really wrong about Live by Night, except one thing: Affleck never had either the right gesture or expressions in such genre. And, oh well, the unnecessary damn long epilogue to wrap the film, only to depict justice and redemption among characters. Rating: ★★★

ODAGOMA RHEINHARD (Kinerasya)

Live by Night membicarakan perenungan dalam dunia mafia. Dan itu menjadikannya bermakna. Namun, keseluruhan tuturnya tak bergairah. Rating: ★★★

PASKALIS DAMAR (Sinekdoks)

Live by Night should’ve been a film that Ben Affleck is proficient in if his over-ambition to craft a gangster epic and his over-attempted obsession towards quaint secondary characters did not hinder the film from its actual potential. Still, Live by Night is a feel-good gangster film that partially works. P.S.: We’re talking about Ben Affleck the director. Rating: ★★★1/2

PRIMA TAUFIK (Layar Tancep)

Secara premis dan cerita Live By Night punya potensi yang sangat bagus, balas dendam mantan bandit pada bos mafia yang sudah menghancurkan hidupnya. Tetapi dalam prosesnya banyak hal-hal sepele yang dijejalkan sehingga rasa tertarik itu hilang di tengah film. Affleck sepertinya ingin sekali aktingnya dilihat orang hingga karakter lainnya di film berdurasi dua jam delapan menit ini tidak ada yang benar-benar menonjol. Mereka seperti tempelan yang datang dan pergi sesuai kebutuhan cerita tanpa meninggalkan kesan mendalam pada penonton.  Padahal dalam jajaran pemain ada aktor-aktor terkenal seperti Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, dan Chris Cooper. Rating: ★★★

RASYID HARRY (Movfreak)

Like its character’s journey for freedom, Live by Night is messy yet still has its enjoyable moments. Rating: ★★★

TIMOTIUS PRASSANTO (Sobekan Tiket Bioskop)

NA. Rating: ★★1/2

VINCENT JOSE (The Jose Movie Review)

Live by Night could’ve been a remarkable mobster movie if only Affleck wasn’t the lead role. Rating: ★★★1/2

 

Last Updated: 13 January 2017


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