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Lawless
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I won't paraphrase the storyline as others have done here so well. I will add that the moment
I hit play on the BD Player, I was so engrosed in the film I realized I was still sitting
on the edge of my seat after the first 20 minutes before I made myself comfortable, and never once hit pause.

I was riveted by Tom Hardy's acting, his portrayal was an original. It did not rely on a particular accent, clothing, make-up, mental defect or resemblance to a historical figure. He created an intelligent backwoods bootlegger, who despite his profession and its violence, lived by a code so strong that he appeared invincible. The glimpses of his tenderness he allowed himself were profoundly felt. The film was satisfying in its cinematography, cast, and story.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
I really enjoyed this movie despite the reviews at the time it came out.

Ignore any online reviews by the so called media reviewers because this
movie is well worth it.

I enjoyed it so much I bought some books here at amazon regarding this slice of history
of alcohol prohibition in America.

The acting was superb.

It shows the rampant corruption among politicians and the police forces and shows the story of one family (3 brothers)
who refused to pay the currupt politicians who had the police do their dirty work.

Rent it ..it's a 4 star movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
My title about sums it up. I didn't think I would like the movie because Shia Labeouf is in it. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really good movie. Not too gory. It actually seemed pretty realistic. I would watch it again.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
This film is worth the watch. Great acting and good story.Old gangster movie with lots of action and gives good insight of times during the moonshine era.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
One of the best movies I've seen in a long time! This movie was absoutley fantastic! Kept me on the edge of my seat, yet it still made me cry at the end! I would recommend this movie to anyone!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
My gosh this movie was so good we watched it twice! It came highly recommended and the story line was interesting to me to begin with. It was based on fact and had a really good cast of actors. I had to change my view of Shia after this movie. I also highly recommend this movie - rather violent but not for the sake of gore.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I thought overall this movie was very good! The slow start almost had me turn it off, but I am glad that I didn't because I really enjoyed it. The characters were all very interesting...and well acted. I would recommend watching the movie, and sticking with it through the slow beginning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
Great movie and great story! I watched it twice before my 48hrs expired. Tom Hardy is becoming one of my favorite actors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
LAWLESS, the second collaboration between Director John Hillcoat and Writer/Composer/All-Around Weird Dude Nick Cave, is a film that has just about everything working in its favor: It has a trememdous cast, some excellent and vibrant performances, some crackling scenes of dialogue and some beautiful scene composition. So why can't I get past everything that it doesn't have that it needed to put it on the same level as their first collaborative effort, an amazing and little-seen film called THE PROPOSITION?

LAWLESS, based on a book of non-fiction called "The Wettest County In The World", is based during the later years of Prohibition in Franklin County, Virginia and based around the Bondurant brothers, who became a little less than folk-heroes and a little more than outlaws during those years. They, like many of the families in Franklin County, are Moonshiners and they're pretty good at it. The eldest, Howard (Jason Clarke, most recognizable for his recent turn in the excellent but short-lived THE CHICAGO CODE) is a strong-armed but dull-witted man who samples a little too much of his own product. The middle child is Forrest (Tom Hardy, best known for just about every other film in the last two years), who is something of a legend amongst the community already for being "immortal", by surviving the illness that killed their parents when he was just a boy. Jack (Shia LaBeouf, discarding most of his annoying mannerisms here) is "the runt of the litter", skinny and scared, but brainy and ambitious and anxious to prove his worth in the family business to Forrest who really runs the show. They are put upon by a Federal agent or "Special Deputy" named Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce, who also starred in THE PROPOSITION) who is looking not to clean things up Eliot Ness style, but looking to make a buck by shaking down the locals for protection money. This leads the local law to side, at least for a while, with Rakes, as Jack and his best friend Cricket (Dane Dehaan) look to sell their goods to a big-time gangster (Gary Oldman) and also romance a young preacher's daughter (Mia Wasikowska). Another unusual visitor comes to town in the visage of Maggie (Jessica Chastain), looking to escape the hustle of the big city and soon finds herself caring for Forrest in a way she never would have expected.

The film's biggest strength is also one of its main failings, and that's the setting. The incredibly rural setting of a Prohibition-era drama is something that is not seen very often, because the majority of them take place in the big cities (although a film like Sam Mendes' ROAD TO PERDITION is partially set in the boonies), and that's something that a director like Hillcoat and a writer like Cave would feel like they would want to immerse the viewer into that world, but we only catch glimpses. It seems like the setting is more incidental rather than a necessary part of the storytelling. Everyone in it is good with really three stand-out performances: Tom Hardy is excellent as the soft-spoken but deadly Forrest who acts as the patriarch for his brothers; Guy Pearce is amazing and chameleon-like as the needlessly sadistic and sweet-scented Rakes who is trying to be the city gent, but is too brutal and cruel to ever be accepted as such. Every scene of his drips with menace. Also standing out here is Dane Dehaan (wonderful in the brilliant little-seen gem CHRONICLE) as Cricket, the resident mechanical genius and hero-worshipping child whose vulnerability is extended beyond that of a cliche. LaBoeuf takes his time with his character in building it and turns in a very commendable performance in easliy his most complex role yet. The rest of the cast work best with what they have but what they have isn't much. Mia Wasikowska has a wonderful scene with LaBoeuf as he takes her out for a drive, but that's really the extent of her character as something for the young Jack to long for. Jason Clarke is the most short-changed of the Bondurants here, being portrayed as a drunk and a thug, but little else. Gary Oldman has little more than a cameo in this film, and from a completely subjective point of view, I wanted more because there was something there to really allow for him to have fun and cut loose like we had seen in years past. Sadly the one player here that is the most marginalized is Jessica Chastain. She's an actress that will undoubtedly have an Oscar in her hand before the decade is out, and she does some really good work here, but her character of Maggie is very much the weary and damaged madonna/whore for Forrest, and very little else.

Another real problem is the pacing of the film. It's not that it's uneven; it's that it's too fast. This film moves along at such a brisk pace that at its little over 100-minute runtime seems too brief for a film of this type. I felt like I was being rushed out of the theater rather than being invited in to experience something unusual and lyrical, like Hillcoat and Cave's THE PROPOSITION. That was a film that took the Western out of the "Old West" and placed it in Austrailia's Outback, and it invited the viewer to really soak in all the elements of the environment the film was set in, which were strange and wonderful and terrible. This is honestly the first time in a while where I felt that a longer runtime would have benefitted the film, particularly from a character standpoint.

LAWLESS, while being beautiful to look at and well-performed, is sadly lacking heart and soul that could have easily elevated this film to greater heights. But in all fairness, when LAWLESS works, it works really well, and that does happen slightly more often than not.

3/5 Stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
This movie is amazing...now..be prepared..its slow paced and with violence interspersed throughout it...NOT FOR KIDS i promise...not for the under 15 set...violence is too graphic. But if you can turn your head throught the violence...great movie great story you will love it....
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