When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Lawless, oh Lawless
You may not be so flawless
But I'll be damned if you left me thoughtless
I thought you'd be fun like a party
I got a surprise especially from Hardy
Even Shia pulls his weight, he's not so annoying
Not for a second did he stop me from enjoying
Let's not forget Mia and Gary and Noah oh my
And even Jessica, who still brings a glimmer to my eye
Then of course there's Guy; he stole the show
He is the man, such a fucking pro
John Hillcoat oh Hillcoat, you genius you
The Proposition, The Road, and now this too
I loved it all so i'm curious what's next
When will you give me another…
Things I’m thankful for:
• Tom Hardy's mouth
• Gary Oldman's crazy killer man face
• Jessica Chastain's class
• Mia Wasikowska's smile
• Shia LeBoeuf's tearful eyes
• Tom Hardy's face
• Tom Hardy's bad assery
• Guy Pierce's natural penchant for snobbery
• Tom Hardy's silly hat
Now that I have the bullshit off of my chest, on to a real review…
Lawless is an entertaining film that falls just short of greatness because of uninspired writing and some stupid gimmicks/cheap tricks to get a response out of the audience. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I'd say it's definitely worth a watch.
The story is too small and straightforward to be anything but predictable. It's…
There are similarities between director, John Hillcoat’s, latest film and his Australian set western, The Proposition. Both feature outlaw siblings with mythic reputations, both have outsiders sent in to clean up the mess and both are set during an era of transition. Yet this time Hillcoat has abandoned the dusty bloodsoaked reds of the Australian outback for the earthy greens and browns of Depression-era Virginia. Despite being based on a true story (no doubt embellished over time like all the best tales) it has a pulpy quality to it like a cheap paperback you’d find hidden away in a charity shop. That may sound like a criticism but I rather enjoyed the film’s down and dirty tone in favour of…
Lawless is a good not great film about bootlegging set in depression era Franklin County, Virginia. It had the potential to be a lot better than it was.
Tom Hardy continues his run as one of the best actors working today. The issue for me was I wanted more of his character, but instead a lot of time was used up by Shia LaBeouf. I don't hate LaBeouf or anything, but Hardy definitely needed more screen time and cutting some of LaBeouf's would of been the way to go. Guy Pearce is excellent as well and I've never understood why that guy doesn't work more and get more great roles.
The overall story is interesting but it doesn't really do…
I was actually looking forward to this one as I was rather impressed with Hillcoat's previous film, The Proposition. Lawless, while certainly not bad, ultimately didn't appeal to me as much as I would have liked.
Stories like this have been told many, many times before. Sibling rivalry in a crime family is just not a very original premise. Throw in corrupt cops, a relentless antagonist that represents the law and a good deal of fillers in the cast whose fate was decided the moment they were conceived. It makes for a rather predictable affair, that plays out exactly like you'd expect. I know this is based on real events, but if that's…
"Lawless" is a well-made film about ignorant and violent people. Like the recent "Killer Joe," I can only admire this film's craftsmanship and acting, and regret its failure to rise above them. Its characters live by a barbaric code that countenances murder. They live or die in a relentless hail of gunfire. It's not so much that the movie is too long, as that too many people must be killed before it can end.
Hillcoat knows what to do with grim material: His adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road had a surprising buoyancy to it, despite the depressive nature of the story. But Lawless needs a tighter grip on the reins. The picture's brutality is vivid and unapologetic — that's…
What originally attracted me to this film was the dynamite cast (Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy). I also thought it was interesting that Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and that it was based on a true story. Overall a fascinating story, but just not very memorable. I was more surprised to actually not hate Shia LaBeouf’s character and actually found myself rooting for him.
Remekül mutatja be az szesztilalom által sújtott Amerikát és, hogy ez a korszak milyen hatással volt a társadalomra.
Nice images, good characters but lacks a real catching story
It's as if the studio heard us moan at the sight of Shia LaBeouf, only redeeming themselves by making his character the most pathetic. While I appreciated this at first, I grew tiresome of his attempts at gaining any sort of gravitas. It took the whole damn film for his testes to drop (pun intended).
Secondly, I love Chastain, but her motherly performance felt out of place. That being said, Pearce was absolutely killer. He brought it. Meanwhile, Oldman had at tops about 4 scenes. What a waste.
The film was definitely grittier and more violent than I expected. (I didn't realize it was R) Great cinematography, and a decently compelling story, but a waste of some great cast members. (Wasikowska/Oldman)
It's rough and straightforward, but it'll kick you in the teeth.
Excellent and violent.
Impressive crime drama packed with performances they all should be proud of, all set in depression era prohibition America. It's gritty, sometimes violent and gory but overall beautiful to look at, Lawless certainly makes up for its lacking with rich and detailed cinematography & Hilcoat's direction is superb capturing each and every slight expression. A little off the mark of the superior The Proposition but with a strong cast, great music and a seductive autumnal backdrops, Lawless impresses... And surprisingly Shia LaBeouf is not only bearable but actually quite good.
"LAWLESS a late summer release worth seeing, but one that makes it evident the fireworks are starting to fizzle out"
Full Review @ www.moviesonline.ca/2012/09/lawless-movie-review/
What does moonshine taste like?
I see this and wonder about the film that could have been?