Thursday, September 27, 2012
“Lawless” directed by John Hillcoat and starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman is a good film, but not a great one. ”Lawless” is based upon the life of the Bondurant brothers as depicted in the book, “The Wettest County in World” written by one of their grandsons, Matt Bondurant. The Bondurant brothers were actual bootleggers during the depression and this film presents the story amid an atmosphere of hard luck, corruption and poverty. It is dark and dank, with lead characters who should be despicable but they also demand sympathy at times. It has family loyalty, young love, friendships that endure, and more violence than you can stand at times. It is a rough film that is filled with some great performances, especially from Tom Hardy as the oldest Bondurant brother. Shia LaBeouf also continues to impress with his developing acting skills. However, the performance that you will remember is from Guy Pearce as the corrupt Special Deputy who goes after the brothers with a vengeance.