Lawless

This is a tale of three brothers who ran a lucrative moonshining and distribution business in Franklin County, Virginia during prohibition. The Bondurant brothers were said to have traces of Native American in their blood and legend had it that they simply could not be killed. As you might suspect, the business that they dealt in brought along with it plenty of danger and opportunities for violence. The Bondurants carried and earned a reputation for being people you did not want to cross.

Their operation becomes threatened when county official brings in a lawman from Chicago to clean up the moonshining problem. Franklin County was said to be the “wettest county in the world” at this time. Guy Pierce, plays the arrogant city-slicker and I thought did a great job. I thoroughly hated this character by the end of the movie. Even his appearance disturbed me. Possibly the worst part ever in his hair and I was having a hard time telling if he even had eyebrows or not.

The two main characters were a pair of the brothers, Forrest and Jack. Tom Hardy (Bane in Dark Knight Rises) played Forrest, the head of the operation and possibly most feared man in the area. Forrest was a man of very few words or emotions until it came time for action. He kind of reminded me of Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive. Shia LaBeouf played Jack, the youngest brother who was somewhat disappointingly smaller and weaker than his two older brothers. He did some of the driving for their operation but he aimed to be more included and have more responsibility. Forrest saw him as weak and was reluctant to include him. Throughout the movie Jack yearned for acceptance and approval from his big brothers.

The film did not quite go as far in depth to any of the characters as I think could have made it a little better. I did like the repeated theme of family and how the three brothers would defend each other regardless of their shortcomings. Probably my favorite part of the movie was LeBeouf’s hair cut, just perfect. You’ll have to see the movie and check it out, I personally hope that it starts a trend, who knows, I may try to do my part in that.

I give Lawless 2 3/4 Beach balls, just above average. Not spectacular but entertaining.

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7 thoughts on “Lawless

  1. I love movies they’re a passion of mine. So I enjoy reading your reviews. Couldn’t agree more with you more on this review. I had high hopes for Lawless but it didn’t meet my expectations the plot seemed rushed most of the time and character development was lacking. Some of the characters seemed to be just thrown into the plot without any expansion on the character. Keep up the reviews I like to see what other movie enthusiast think.

  2. Perfect review. Although, I think I enjoyed it a pinch more than you. COMPLETELY agree with your description of Guy Pierce’s character. I left the movie saying that he made it onto my top 5 “oogiest” characters ever. Ick.

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