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Plot: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 28 Aug 2012
A lot of people are giving Lawless fairly negative reviews so I think I need to explain why it's such a great film. First of all it's really unique because of the specific setting of it during the prohibition in the United States which made it interesting viewing.It is about three brothers who are running an illegal but successful business which soon attracts attention they don't want and trouble ensues. There is quite a lot of action in this film but it is mostly about the drama and the different things each character goes through. There are some fantastic actors in this film who <more>
all show their versatility and most notable for me was Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf who did an amazing job of making their characters real to the audience and made you really care for them. It is quite a long film but so many different things happen and it kept me glued from start to finish. There are some very grim scenes, some intense action, emotional scenes and of course romance and even a few comical moments - I think this film has a bit of everything. This film is not all about the action so don't expect it to be, but the main element is the theme of brotherhood which I loved. Also the fact that Lawless is based on a true story made it really interesting for me.It won't be for everyone but I thought this film was brilliant and would recommend it.
Set in the late 1920's story of three brothers Tom Hardy,Jason Clarke, Shia Labeouf run a bootlegging business in a small town, but things get really dangerous when a special agent Guy Pearce tries to muscle in on them, and he does not care who he hurts or kills to do it. Will this end well for the three brothers? I liked the setting, Tom Hardy is good in his performance. Shia Labeouf really surprised me here on how good his performance was, usually in all his films, it is like he is playing the same character, but not here. Guy Pearce was scary here in his role, every time he was on <more>
screen, you shook in terror, that is how good on an actor he is. Everybody does well here also. It has great suspense, everything.
A Great Gangster/Western/Crime Drama. Very Underrated. (by jcbutthead86)
Lawless is a great film that combines three amazing genres of the Gangster Film,Western Film and Crime Drama. Filled with superb direction,great performances and memorable characters Lawless is very underrated.Lawless tells the true although probably fictionalized story of the Bondurant brothers Jack Bondurant Shia LaBeouf and his older brothers Forrest Bondurant Tom Hardy and Howard Bondurant Jason Clarke who sell illegal liquor during Prohibition in Franklin County,Virginia during the depression era and having great success. But when a corrupt lawman from Chicago named Charlie Rakes Guy <more>
Pierce has been brought in as a new special deputy to make life tough for the Bondurants and their business,the Bondurants must band together and put a stop to it.Lawless is a great film from beginning to end that will have you glued to the screen and the reasons the film works so well is because of the way it combines the Gangster and Western film,the portrayal of the Bondurants and brutality of the violence in the film. Lawless is a great movie that wonderfully mixes the Gangster and Western to great effect recreating the 1920's with honesty and truth. With the Gangster side of the film,the characters aren't dressed in suits and glamor and don't have Tommy guns,but deal with the same dangerous situations in Virginia that people dealt with in the big cities in the 1920s and 30s during prohibition. Lawless also subverts the Gangster genre because it isn't a rise and fall film or a dark morality tale,but about a family trying to survive and defend themselves against their enemies and I think that is one of the things that will divide people with Lawless being that Lawless is a Gangster film and that viewers will expect one thing but get something totally different and subversive. Lawless pulls you into a world where back then blood was in the money,alcohol was rough and hard and the only law was a gun. On the Western side the film and most of the characters has a dirty and gritty and you feel the dust in the Virginia town. You don't see any six shooters,horses or Western stagecoaches,but you can feel the tone of the West in this film. Unlike most Gangster films The Bondurants aren't an organized crime family or dangerous local Gangsters,but a family who sell alcohol to make a living and don't want to kill or hurt people unless it has to be done. The Bondurants while living in a gritty and dark world still love each other and have each others backs,sticking together at all costs despite what happens to them. Forrest and Howard don't want Jack in the dark, dangerous business of bootlegging,but Jack is drawn to it and wants money and success. The Bondurants are anti-heroes and like other anti-heroes they're likable and you identify with them because when Charlie Rakes comes into town it makes the Bondurants more likable because Rakes is so corrupt and evil you respect the Bondurants and their actions even more. What I also love about the film is it's dark violence and brutality. Like in John Hillcoat's early film the amazing Western The Proposition,the violence in the film is brutal,bloody and messy whether a person gets punched,stabbed and shot,you as a viewer feel the brutality and harshness of the film's violence that was true to that time period. I'm glad that while Lawless is a big commercial film,Hillcoat brings the same brutality and grit he brought to The Proposition and never tones down the violence for the sake of toning it down or compromising the film. Although Lawless is not an Action film the movie has a few great Action scenes to satisfy Action lovers and the Action is simple but effective. The ending of the film is great because it's violent,vicious but also hopeful and optimistic and is a great cap-off to the film.The acting from the cast is great. Shia LaBeouf is great as Jack Bondurant the youngest of the three Boundurant brothers who wants to prove himself. Tom Hardy is excellent as Forrest Boundurant bringing a gruff and toughness to the character. Jason Clarke does a fantastic job as Howard Boundurant the other older brother. The underrated Guy Pierce is amazing as the villain Charlie Rakes a Corrupt lawman with Pierce bringing a creepy and dangerous vibe to the character. Gary Oldman is great as always in his small role as gangster Floyd Banner. Jessica Chastain is wonderful and sexy as Maggie a woman who leaves Chicago and comes to Frankin County to help the Boundurants and becomes a love interest to Forrest. Mia Wasikowska is fabulous as Bertha a preacher's daughter and Jack's love interest Dane DeHaan does a fine job as Cricket Pete a kid who helps the Boundurants. John Hillcoat's direction in the film is excellent. Hillcoat brings a stylish and gritty look to the film he brought to his other films The Proposition and The Road and keeps the film moving at a great pace. Wonderful direction.The score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is excellent and matches the tone ans spirit of the film. Great score.If you love Crime Dramas,Gangster Films,Westerns,or the television show Boardwalk Empire,you'll love Lawless an entertaining tale filled with great direction,acting and story. A very underrated film that is well worth your time. Highly Recommended. 10/10.
This movie is based on a book written by a relative of some of the main characters depicted in this movie...just looked up Wikipedia, and the author was Matt Bondurant, whose grandfather, Jack Bondurant, is called "the runt of the litter" of the Bondurant brothers featured in this tale of moonshiners in the age of Prohibition in America. That book was called "The wettest county in the world" and the title refers to how much illegal alcohol was produced in that area. The novel was adapted for cinema by Australian alternative rock icon Nick Cave.The story concerns how the <more>
Bondurant's once cozy relationship with sympathetic rural police is changed by the arrival of a corrupt Chicago law enforcement officer, Charlie Rakes played by Australian Guy Pearce , who wants a cut of the Bondurant's illegal liquor business. Forrest Bondurant Tom Hardy is not one to cave in to these demands. Things get ugly, but there is some romance in this movie too.Whilst being a terrific yarn, the quirky central performances won't garner any Oscar attention, I wouldn't think. Guy Pearce's dandy/fop take on Charlie Rakes is highly stylised and amusing before he just becomes a plain horrible character. Tom Hardy's take on Forrest Bondurant incorporates many big cat like purrs, which also amuse.Set in America's South, you mostly hear Southern drawls, so if Cave's screenplay is any good, you will miss a chunk of it unless you can decipher the more unintelligible dialogue in this movie...which I couldn't, but I understood enough of it not to lose the plot. Early on in the film, the reality of life in the South is not elided...you will see signs of racial segregation...literally.Even though this movie doesn't have a lot of violence in it, when it does occur, it is bloody and horrific...both in what you actually see happen and the horrific implied violence which you do not see...except for the aftermath. These moments can be very confronting...it's horror movie territory.Since the movie is based on a book by a member of the Bondurant family, you have to wonder how much is fictionalised in order to paint the clan in a positive light. Watching the end of the movie, concerning a final confrontation with Charlie Rakes, you have to wonder if it really happened that way.Whilst not a 'chick flick', there are some romantic moments. There's a little bit of comedy too...I'm not sure if Pearce's and Hardy's performances are deliberately amusing, but apart from that aspect, there are some other amusing moments in the movie. I also liked the singing you first hear when Jack enters a church to be close to a woman he fancies Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. There is a big Australian contingent in this movie. I did see Noah Taylor in the credits but don't remember seeing him in the movie .Apparently this movie has things in common with Cave's original screenplay for the Australian movie "The proposition". I haven't seen that movie but if you like either movie, it might pay to check out the other if you haven't seen it.I could see this movie winning an Oscar for best picture or adapted screenplay.A ripping yarn.
A modern Gangster classic of good old boy bootleggers (by bRAdY-01)
An American classic tale of the stubborn humble country folk bootleggers resisting corrupt city politicians and the mob. I watched this film at the Cannes as a filmmaker myself I was attending the festival to screen my own film. All the stars turned up to support the film and attended the main evening screening including Nick Cave the main man behind the scenes for screenplay and score . The film received a rapturous applause after the screening, it is after all a classic modern gangster tale of good-old-boys moon-shiners going up against the mob when they refuse to tow the line and pay <more>
protection money to gangsters working for the local corrupt elected official. A family of three brothers, the elder two Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke play Forrest and Howard Bondurant, legendary local hard men and indestructible war hero, their younger sibling Shia LaBeouf plays Jack Bondurant a young man trying desperately to live up to and gain respect from his older brothers. When gangsters fronted by Guy Pearce as Special Agent Charlie Rakes as an eccentric very scary villain comes to town, with the assistance of the local constabulary, the offer is made to give up a piece of their action making moon-shine in the nearby hills or to feel the wrath of the law. The brothers are set in their ways, bend down to no man and a confrontation is in the offing. Without giving too much away, Jessica Chastain as Maggie turns up in town having escaped from cruel violent men in the city, she is given a job by Forrest and a very slow romance begins, she is smouldering, sassy and the only strong woman in the film. Yes...this is a boys movie, the scenes of brutal violence will repulse a female audience, but then again they will probably turn up in droves to watch La Beouf turn out a strong assured well developed leading man's performance. Jason Clarke as Howard is strong and as always totally believable, though it is perhaps for Hardy's remarkable modern John Wayne homage performance that the film will most likely be remembered, for he uses all John Wayne's classic acting tips "Say less, say it low and say it slow", enabling Hardy to once again turn out a remarkably memorable star building performance that will both melt the ladies hearts and make him the envy of every young tough man wanting to make a name for himself as a hard man leader type. Gary Oldman appears briefly in a couple of memorable scenes, as always understated and highly memorable, he plays his part in building the legend of the Bondurant brothers, but I only wish that his character had been given a bigger part in the story. The golden team that made The Proposition 2005 are re-united, John Hillcoat doing a great job of Directing once more, and both the script and fabulous country Bluegrass and bluesy score, being provided by the music legend in real life Nick Cave. Though the critics Jury at the Cannes film festival undeservedly did not vote for the film favourably most probably because they did not like to see the three anti-heroes law breakers prevail against the police, corrupt though they were , it is more likely that at an art-house festival the reviews took exception that they were forced to watch and review a main stream film. Whilst The Proposition was an art-house hit Lawless will have undoubtedly enjoy much wider distribution and be remembered as a modern gangster classic. The original book was written by Jake's very own grandson, brought up on the true story, if most probably slightly exaggerated over repeated retelling though the ages. The film, thoroughly enjoyable and very highly recommended.
Lawless is a superbly acted, thrilling spectacle (by kevinholeary)
Had the privilege of attending a special advance screening featuring a Q&A with the author of the book following the film. I very much enjoyed the film. The acting was excellent, and the story compelling. The film did a great job emphasizing what it was like in the 1920s. Guy Pearce did an excellent job playing the villain and i wouldn't be surprised if he got put up for a few Oscar nominations. I have a new found respect for Shia Labeouf as well. He did an excellent job in this film and just seemed to pull it all off the accent, costume, hairdo . Though i would have greatly <more>
appreciated if Gary Oldman had more screen time, he was still a nice addition to the film. After his debut in Chronice, Dane Dehaan rocked his role in this film. I don't wanna go too far in explaining the plot of the film because its probably best you know as little as possible before viewing. Just the right amount of humor is added into the film as well, which many directors can't infuse into a drama/thriller like this. THE BOTTOM WORD: I would highly recommend lawless to everybody because its a fun, gritty, violent drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The acting is superb, and i have a feeling the set design, and Guy Pearce will be up for some nominations at this year's Oscars. Go see lawless. Its worth your money.
Much better than most Hollywood fare (by WildBullWriter)
Reading the other reviews, I'm amused by the number of reviewers who don't have a clue about how southern rural hill people behave and esp. behaved back in the 1920s . They accuse Hardy, and to some extent LaBeouf, of bad acting because their characters are so laconic that means they don't run off at the mouth a lot and inward and don't wear every emotion on their sleeves. Then they mightily praise Oldman and Pearce for great acting when they were, in fact, just playing northern urban gangsters who like to behave over the top---the very thing that disgusts southern <more>
sensibilities.The folks making those review comments have probably spent too much time watching movies based on comic books and not enough time with dramatic characters representing actual human beings. So don't pay attention to their noise.Instead, watch the flick. It's good. I enjoyed it.
'Lawless' is definitely a great film but there's something missing. The acting is really strong; Tom Hardy's performance is probably his best so far. His voice is so different to his normal voice which really highlights how he has worked hard on his performance. I was really surprised by Shia LaBeouf's performance, he's never really impressed me but he gave a great performance here. He really proved that he could do some proper acting in the future and hopefully move away from the 'Transformers' series. Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain both perform well but <more>
their roles are wasted here. They have no real purpose in the film and are merely there as love interests. It wouldn't have been such an issue if they had gotten any actress for these roles but they instead chose two of the best rising stars with huge amounts of talent. Guy Pierce is outstanding here but his role becomes almost comical towards the end. He gives a great performance though and is quite disturbing. Gary Oldman gives a really good performance but has only 5 minutes screen time! It seems like such a waste, it would have been interesting to see his character included in the plot a lot more.Overall this film was fantastic but there was a few things that director John Hillcoat could have improved that would have made this film truly brilliant, such as giving more characters some crucial screen time. The violence was not really an issue; I don't think it diverted the film away from anything which is good. It contained the right amount of violence for the film and shouldn't put anyone off from watching this.
Lawless is a prohibition era gangster biopic about three brothers from Virginia. Jack Bondurant Shia LaBeouf is the youngest of the brothers and lacks the courage, strength or attitude to violence that his older brothers Forrest Tom Hardy and Howard Jason Clark possess. Forrest especially is a sort of Clint Eastwood figure; strong, silent and deadly. All three are involved in the moonshine business but their trade comes under threat when a new Special Deputy Guy Pearce arrives from Chicago to put a halt to their operations.The film shares traits with Director John Hillcoat's <more>
previous film The Proposition. Both focus on men outside the law in semi-desolate locations who must battle across a thin line between right and wrong against corrupt officials. The beautiful but run down locations also help bring to mind Hillcoat's The Road. This film though is more of a coming of age story as young Jack Bondurant fights for respect from his brothers and the gangster who inhabit his world. It is also a tale that blurs the lines between good and evil, right and wrong with the Bondurant boys becoming anti heroes who the audience will be routing for from start to finish.The great strength of Lawless is its beauty. The film is stunning to look and you never for one minute think that you aren't in depression hit, rural Virginia. The sets are dressed to pinpoint perfection and the costumes look lived in. The cinematography too is beautiful and this really helps to act as a counterweight to another side of the film – its gruesome violence. At times this is an uncomfortable film to watch. The violence is reminiscent of Drive in that it sometimes comes out of the blue but often you are aware that you are being led towards it but are still stunned when it arrives. The film features beatings, stabbings, shootings and slitting of throats but it never feels gratuitous. You always get the sense that it is vital to the story. Something which isn't so vital to the storytelling but is delightful nonetheless is the sight of Jessica Chastain naked well topless anyway . Some people not me of course might say that is worth the price of admission alone.As well as a great amount of violence, the film also has several moments of great comedy. In the packed screening I was in there was one huge laugh and at least five or six chuckles from the large audience. A lot of the humour comes from Tom Hardy's violent but understated and confused ex-soldier character and the legend that the brothers are immortal. We learn early on that he was the only survivor of his company during the Great War and his traumatic past is clear to see in his character and performance. Hardy is once again the standout actor, something which I'm getting used to writing these days. His grunts, menace and confused looks with regard to Chastain's character made the film for me and his performance in general helped me to decide on the higher grade when I couldn't decided between of two different marks out of ten. Shia LaBeouf also helps to wash away the memories of the Transformers movies with a solid and mature performance and third brother Jason Clark plays the drunken brute well. Another great performance comes from Guy Pearce whose hair, speech and mannerisms seem to come from another world. Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska unfortunately suffer a little from lacklustre female characters as neither have an awful lot to do. Neither leaves the production having tarnished their reputations though. Gary Oldman is excellent but his role is very small. Nick Cave's score works very well with the visuals and ads to the prohibition-hillbilly feel of the film.I was never bored while watching Lawless and it looked great and was wonderfully acted by Hardy in particular, but it sometimes feels as though there are too many characters vying for too little screen time. I would also have preferred for the focus of the story to have been with Hardy's character instead of LaBeouf's as his arc was more interesting to me. Even so, Lawless is definitely an above average gangster flick and hits the mark with its dramatic and sometimes comedic and violent tone.www.attheback.blogspot.com