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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bootlegging brilliant.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lawless
Its an ok film, some will like it and some will wonder why we did not see more action... but it is based on a true story and its raw enough for the period when it happened, so there was no need for over dramatics in this nice time-line style film. 07/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bootlegging brilliant., 7 July 2013
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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
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This review is from: Lawless [DVD] (DVD)
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. His character exists to make life as difficult as possible for the outlaws and be generally repulsive. In this regard Guy Pearce does strong work getting us to hate Rakes. Another colourful villain is supplied by Gary Oldman in little more than an extended cameo role as a Chicago mobster. Reminiscent of the kind of flamboyant bad guys the actor was once famous for it's a distractingly brief part leaving us wanting more Oldman.

Amongst the aforementioned bloodshed valuably tender moments are provided through the strikingly well played female leads though the romance involving Jack and a preacher's sheltered daughter feels slight and underdeveloped. Chastain's dancer fares better, her chemistry with Tom Hardy and steely fortitude when caught between Rakes' men and the brothers is always compelling. While the drama focuses somewhat on Jacks journey from "runt of the litter" to becoming a major cog in his brothers operation the standout performance and main reason to seek the film out comes from the ever charismatic Tom Hardy. Drawing laughs through Forrest's taciturn nature, commanding and compulsively watchable his performance is the highlight in a film that also boasts a darkly humorous streak that allows for several unexpected laughs. With lyrical imagery to go with its brutality "Lawless" may not have many new tricks up its sleeve but it is constantly watchable and entertaining if a fine shot shy of greatness.
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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
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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 It is not the violence that sets men apart, alright, it is the distance that he is prepared to go., 20 Jan 2013
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Lawless is directed by John Hillcoat and adapted to screenplay by Nick Cave from the novel The Wettest County in the World written by Mark Bondurant. It stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan and Gary Oldman. Music is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.

Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, and a bootlegging gang of brothers is threatened by a sadistic new special deputy who will stop at nothing to smash their operation.

The directing and writing team behind 2005's excellent Aussie Western, The Proposition, gather again to produce this bloody tale of the real life Bondurant brothers who stood up and fought the law on their own terms. If that sounds like a call for us to side with the good ol' bad boys and their right to fight the bad copper guys, then it is. If you can get past that deliberately grey area, and why wouldn't you in this part of the entertainment medium? Then there is a mighty fine time to be had here.

What unravels is a intense character based story that is cloaked with sumptuous period flavours, and by turns it's violent, darkly funny and beating a true emotional heart. It's also exquisitely photographed (Georgia standing in for Virginia) and performed by the cast (Hardy and Pearce simply wonderful), while Cave's music score has the requisite blend of Moonshine Hillbilly twangs with Achy Breaky thrums. The girls (Chastain and Wasikowska) are a touch under written, but in a film primarily about three brothers flexing their muscles and sticking their chests out, it's a forgivable flaw. Oldman fans, however, should note that his role in the film, as gangster Floyd Banner, is nothing more than a trio of cameo appearances.

A strong stomach is required and you will need to accept the romanticisation of the Bondurant boys, because then you will get the most out of this impressively mounted film that deals in a time of American history that is under represented (particularly out of the city and into the hills) in the movies. 8.5/10
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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
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Sussman "Sussman" (London CA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
This review is from: Lawless [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie, 4 Feb 2013
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Moves right along, violent and graphic. Throughout Tom Hardy mumbles in a very threatening and believable manner, supporting characters are very good,
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lawless, 22 Dec 2012
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Its an ok film, some will like it and some will wonder why we did not see more action... but it is based on a true story and its raw enough for the period when it happened, so there was no need for over dramatics in this nice time-line style film. 07/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Brilliant
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