Lawless (2012)

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It’s 1931 and prohibition is in full swing.  Luckily for those who need to get their drink on, the Bondurant brothers of rural Virginia are happy to offer up their premium moonshine for sale.  Things are going well for the trio; between the shine money and the profits from the gas station they run, they don’t want for anything.  Well two of them don’t. The youngest brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) has dreams of fancy suits and new cars, but the head of the gang, Forrest (Tom Hardy), is content the way things are. It isn’t long before a corrupt district attorney tries to extort money from all of all the local moonshiners, then things start to go south. All the others gladly turn over a cut of their profits in exchange for the law turning a blind eye towards their operations, but not the Bondurants. No sir.  In fact they are going to sell more shine that ever, now that they can sell cheaper then their competition.

Well, the DA and his thugs don’t much care for that, so they go after Forrest, and after slitting his throat and damn near killing him, things fall on Jack to keep things going. He partners up with a gangster (Gary Oldman) and now the product is really moving.  With this new partnership the money is rolling in, and Jack is showing off all the things he can buy to anyone who will watch. This draws a lot of attention and people close to them start to get hurt. Eventually this leads to a standoff between all the local moonshiners and the DA’s forces.  Either the county will go dry or the Bondurant brothers will get their revenge.

Alex’s Thoughts: With the exception of Mr. LaBeouf, I would say this is one of the better casts recently assembled: Gary Oldman, Guy Pierce & Tom Hardy are all wonderful actors with all sorts of range, and together that makes for good movie watching.  With not enough Oldman for my liking, you still have Guy Pierce as the DA’s ruthless enforcer who you can wait for to get his and although Tom Hardy’s character doesn’t speak much, you still know exactly what his intentions are without any dialogue, simply by his on-screen presence. The story is good, albeit somewhat predictable, but that acting is where it’s at in this one.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10.

Tim’s Thoughts: I am in love with this movie just for the cast, the problem is, I didn’t find it entirely satisfying. I kept wanting just a little bit more, it seemed to be missing something that could have really made this movie great. Not that it’s bad, because it isn’t, but there is just something I can’t explain, just out of reach that I really wanted to see in this. Despite these things, I would watch this cast in anything, and I dare anyone to take their eyes off of Guy Pierce for one second, it’s impossible, and of course Tom Hardy is the best. Plus it’s scored by one of my favorite musicians Nick Cave, so with everything going for it, I would have to say you should see this, even if it’s just for the performances. Tim Rates This Movie 8/10

“It is not the violence that sets men apart, alright, it is the distance that he is prepared to go.”

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