In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
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... Written by
I'm a long-time Affleck fan, & I like it when I can review his movies favorably (as I did with "The Accountant").
Unfortunately, that is not the case this time. It's not that the movie is bad--it isn't--it just isn't that good either. It's a period piece, taking place in the 1920s & 1930s when rival mobs fought over the illegal booze trade among other illicit activities. It takes place in Boston & Florida, but mostly in Florida.
The acting was good (Chris Cooper was especially good), and the period costumes & sets were amazing, but the movie's plot was thin. And of course, considering the theme of the movie, there's lots of violence & blood.
The movie is an adaptation (the screenplay was written by Affleck) of a Dennis Lehane novel. (Lehane & Affleck are long-time collaborators, with the two of them collaborating on at least three projects that I know of, and I'm beginning to wonder if Affleck bought the rights to all Lehane's novels, including future books.)
Because I am such a big Affleck fan, I try to see all of his movies on the opening weekend, hoping to contribute to his movies winning the opening weekend box office, which is so important in the entertainment business. As much as I would like to see this movie win the opening weekend's box office because it is an Affleck movie, I'm afraid I'd recommend that you save your money & do a Red Box rental or wait for it to be offered on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
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