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Lawless [Blu-ray]

Tom Hardy , Shia LaBeouf , John Hillcoat    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain
  • Directors: John Hillcoat
  • Writers: John Hillcoat
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OPZD8C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,777 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



There's an awful lot to like about Lawless. In front of the camera, it boasts a far stronger than you might expect leading performance from Shia LaBeouf, for instance. Playing alongside him is the screen-dominating Tom Hardy, taking the role of his brother. They're two of the three Bondurant brothers, living out in Virginia during the time of prohibition, and trying to keep a supply of alcohol running. This means there's also room for Gary Oldman's brief appearance as a mobster you wouldn't want to mess with, and Guy Pearce's scene-stealing federal agent.

It's a bit of a muddled film at times in truth, but Lawless, at its best, is gripping entertainment. Stylishly put together by director John Hillcoat, whose earlier The Proposition is an excellent companion piece, Lawless also boasts excellent music from Nick Cave. Cave also penned the screenplay.

Interspersed with excellent acting, humour and sudden violence, Lawless is very much worth a watch. The disc's package of extras doesn't make as much of the source material as you'd hope, though. It's a decent selection that you get, it's just there's room for a far more forensic look at the period, and the particular characters that inspired the film.

Still, it's a strong movie, that overcomes a few problems to more than justify the investment in it. Recommended, and do check out The Proposition if you've not seen it, too. --Jon Foster

Product Description

John Hillcoat ('The Road') directs this crime thriller set in rural Virginia in the early 1930s, adapted by musician-screenwriter Nick Cave from the biographical novel by Matt Bondurant, the grandson of one of the main characters. Brothers Jack and Forrest Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy) set up as bootleggers, but soon find themselves under threat from the authorities who want a cut of their profits in the form of 'security money'. A vicious turf war ensues as the brothers fight tooth and nail to retain their hard-won livelihood. The supporting cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor and Jessica Chastain.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bootlegging brilliant. 7 July 2013
Lawless nearly gets 5 stars from me. Based on true events, it tells the story of the Bondurant brothers - Jack, Howard and Forrest; a family of notorious bootleggers during the prohibition years.

The acting is top-notch from everyone involved, with Guy Pearce giving a sterling performance as a particularly nasty and creepy bad guy. Surprising, Shia LeBeouf put in a good performance too.

The scenery is stunning and the film is shot beautifully. The props, costumes and setting all do a great job of making you believe you're back in that era.

The violence is sparse but shocking when it happens. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, the ending was a slight disappointment but real life is rarely as dramatic as cinema... Although it still managed to come close.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5/5 3 Oct 2012
By Sam
Bursts of savage violence, fine acting from a top class cast and atmospheric direction grace "Lawless" a semi-biographical crime drama set in at the height of prohibition Virginia. Reuniting director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave, the creative team behind the excellent Australian drama "The Proposition", Lawless" follows the travails of the Bondurant brothers (Forrest, Jack and Howard played respectively by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke) a family of bootleggers who clash with a sadistic Chicago law enforcer by the name of Rakes (Guy Pearce) sent to Franklin County demanding payment from bootleggers for the privilege of supplying moonshine without reprisal from the law. Headed by the thoughtful but when necessary violent Forrest, the Bondurant brothers refuse to comply and war ensues between the outlaws and lawmen. Thrown into the mix is a pair of romantic subplots involving Forrest and a runaway Chicago dancer named Maggie (Jessica Chastain) and the youngest Bondurant Jack with a preacher's daughter played by Mia Wasikowski.

Quickly establishing the outlaws as heroes and lawmen as villains "Lawless" occupies a middle ground between mainstream gangster action and art house drama. When the inevitable violence comes it's quick and suitably horrific. Characters are tarred and feathered, there's a graphic throat slitting and a particularly nasty beating dished out by Rakes to Jack. Yet this is not a gratuitously violent picture and as vicious as Forrest and Howard (a shell-shocked, often drunken war veteran who operates largely as additional muscle) can be to protect their livelihood there is never any question of which side we're rooting for. Sleazy, cruel and foppish almost to the point of caricature Rakes is a pantomime but effective movie villain through and through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good old fashioned baddies 12 July 2013
By hendo
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Superb film, great acting by all what, makes a great film for me is that its based on a true story! play the extras after the main movie its very interesting!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lilac leather gloves 20 Sep 2012
Based on the true story of three bootlegging brothers in 1931 Virginia, the film has Actors such as
Transformers star Shia Labour, British actor Tom Hardy and Australian Jason Clarke and these make up Bondurant brothers, who are moonshiners in Franklin County trying to protect their booming illegal `still' operation from a less, than what appears to be, a puritanical clampdown fronted by a Special Deputy named Rakes, a part played with a memorable fury and pristine dandy like Guy Pearce, I might add his acting steals the film.

There are spurts of blood, gangsters and corrupt cops; Lawless does not quite hit the mark and succeed at building convincing portraits of its characters, within the narrative.
The art department have made a convincing period mocking and have added heaps of battered vintage signage and other pieces which add to the colour and smells of the prohibition days. The official sound track is done rather well and is laden with folksy bluegrass songs; please see my separate review of the OST.

Lawless does take its time to the `meat of the movie', after an hour or so, when Jack Bondurant ( played by Shia Lebeouf's ) starts selling liquor to gangster Floyd Banner (played by Gary Oldman, his role is brief) With the beginning of this new partnership the law, both local and state, squeezes in on the brothers.

The film is violent, and the images linger: you will see a man tarred and feathered and dumped on the porch; Tom Hardy's throat being slit from ear to ear; a women who you see at the beginning, of what is implied is going to be a brutal rape, Floyd Banner hitting Noah Taylor with a spade; and by far the worse for me was Pearce sneering in disgust as he gets blood on his lilac leather gloves after bashing Shia Lebeouf's face, who is begging for mercy. The women in this narrative are either victims, gullible or happy house wives. Although On the whole I enjoyed the movie, however, I can see why there maybe detractors.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 17 Sep 2012
went to watch this in the cinema last night,and can honestly say one of the best films ive watched!!!!if your into 'man' films you'll love it.cant decide if i like it more than goodfellas yet but am going to preorder it so i can it watch again and again until i make up my mind!!!shia la beouf and tom hardy are brilliant,storyline is brilliant and the ending is soooo good!funny, and thrilling!!!highly recommended!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best films of 2012 11 Feb 2013
By kirbz92
Lawless an amazing film with an amazing cast. I was not expecting much from this film, but Oh boy was I wrong . Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce give brilliant performances. Definitely a must own film and at 12.99 you can't complain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the film was very good
I like this film as the action was good and normal. the feauture was oki and i enjoy this film
Published 12 hours ago by iman bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Gosh I love this film, I have watched it over and over. I adore Tom Hardy in anything he does and he's just amazing in this film. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Author Heidi J Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but slightly overrated.
Basically lawless is about the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Dr. Horror
2.0 out of 5 stars Depression-era Virginia and bootlegging moonshine..
My initial reservations (Shia LeBeouf as lead) were unfounded. I liked how the romantic developments intersected the intense violence. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Miss Cherish Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film - best of Hardy so far
An incredible film, Tom Hardy was outstanding and this has to be his best work to date. The story is even better because it is based on something that really happened. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawless....A look at the effects of the Volstead Act.....
Prohibition caused more trouble than it sorted out...It was an honourable but ill advised experiment....mankind was just not ready to give up alcohol..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mandynolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and violent biopic!
Lawless is the tale of three young brothers who make their fortune bootlegging
in Franklin county, Virginia, America. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. J. Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I loved this film,even the baddies, very well acted and great story. Kept us interested from beginning to end. Would recommend to any one.
Published 1 month ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good film, brutal at times but very good.
A good watch. Not for you if you don't like people being beaten up and killed. really good story line.
Published 2 months ago by lesley cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Good and interesting story - perhaps embellishment of the 'real' truth but very credible all the same. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Henrydogsnores
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