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When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.
Virginia, 1931: a time of good men, bad cops, pretty girls, and a world turned as rotten as dodgy moonshine by poverty and prohibition.
Lawless is the tale of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers: Jack (Shia LaBeouf), Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke).
In a rural backwater the boys run up against various obstacles: a mean cop on assignment from Chicago, Charley Rakes (Guy Pearce); an Al Capone type from the big smoke, Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman); and two beautiful women whose backgrounds stand in the way of love (Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain).
Despite director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave’s decision to be very liberal with the bloodletting and throat-cutting, Lawless is a more mainstream experience than their previous collaboration, 2005’s The Proposition. Perhaps that’s because Cave’s script is based on a 2008 novel, The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant, the grandson of one of the brothers. Hillcoat and Cave tell this tale from a perspective of blind fondness, like elderly relatives romanticising their ancestors around the fireplace. It makes for an oddly comfy experience considering the death and hurt at the film’s core.
– Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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