Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Movie Review: "Lawless"

John Hillcoat's film, Lawless, is a one of a kind gangster flick.  Rather than being about gangsters in the big city, it follows three brothers who run a moonshine operation during Prohibition in rural Virginia, attracting the attention of the new, hard-nosed deputy looking to crack down on moonshine.  This film's not so much an action movie, but it's more a film about a young man trying to prove himself, as the youngest brother, Jack, played by Shia LaBeouf, dreams of being a big-time gangster and being worthy of his family name.  Featuring a magnificent performance by Tom Hardy as the oldest brother, Forrest, and a nasty Guy Pearce as the villainous deputy from the big city, the film manages to carry along, even in its slow paces, thanks to the charismatic portrayals from the likes of Hardy, Pearce, and LaBeouf.  While the gunfight finale is anti-climactic, the film's a strong character piece with a surprisingly happy ending.

I give Lawless a B+

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