Lawless Movie Review: A Worthy Bit of Entertainment

by on January 5, 2013

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Lawless movie

Lawless is a powerful story that takes place in the Depression-era Virginia about a bootlegging gang facing off against the law. And the law…  Oops, almost gave it away.

The cast of Lawless is a pretty solid mix of actors headlined by Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman.  Amongst the cast, each person shines in their own moment at different times.

The story is based on the real Bondurant family, off a book written by Matt Bondurant, called “The Wettest County in the World.”  In it, we follow three brothers, Jack (LaBeouf), Forrest (Hardy) and Howard (Clarke) as they end up facing off against a real prick of a cop named Charlie Rakes (Pearce).

Tom Hardy in LawlessDuring the story, we follow the meek brother Jack, and how he becomes more of a man, while his two other brothers mostly run their moonshine business and the intricacies involved therein.

I loved Hardy in this role and LeBeouf brought something new to the screen I had not seen before.  Guy Pearce channels his inner butt-head into a twisted and crooked cop who comes to town and get a piece of the pie of the moonshine business.  He uses his legal status to enforce new rules where he gets a piece of the pie, and lets business go on.  Except the Bondurants and a few others won’t fold and we go from there.

Gary Oldman played less of an integral role but did play big gangster Floyd Banner, who has influences on Jack, and later, a bit of a working relationship.

As an era piece, you find yourself happily immersed in the era and that was refreshing.  The story is well crafted by director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition).  His next, upcoming project is called Triple Nine.

Still of Shia LaBeouf and Mia Wasikowska in Lawless movieOver on IMDb the users have given this movie a 7.3/10 and I think it’s well rated.  For me, Hardy was wonderful… he had these subtle nuances as a country bumpkin that belied an inner smarts and though I’m not a huge LaBeouf fan, he really did a great job here with the journey his character was forced to take.

If you want to rent of buy Lawless because of any of the folks in the movie or heard good things about it (eh hem!), you won’t be disappointed.

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