Lawless

Lawless

DVD - 2012
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The true story of the infamous Bondurant brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel The Wettest County in the World, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.
Publisher: [United States] : Alliance Films, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Sans loi

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greatflicks
Apr 04, 2017

I liked this movie, kept my attention all the way through. Not one that will get a golden globe but worth the time to watch it.

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kyc14
Feb 18, 2017

this film reminds me of joel & ethan coen's "no country for old man", & quentin tarantino's "pulp fiction" & "django unchained"!

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AGuyInAHat
Apr 10, 2016

Despite my not even disliking this movie, I honestly can’t bring to mind anything really memorable about this film. Despite boasting an impressive cast, including Shia “JUST DO IT!” LeBeouf and with a screenplay written by Nick Cave, and being directed by the same man who gave us the visually stunning film adaptation of The Road, Lawless is just one of those films that’s better to discuss than actually watch.
The film takes place at the height of prohibition in the Piedmont region of Virginia. A trio of brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf, and Jason Clarke) are running a successful bootlegging operation, but soon enough a Special Deputy (played by an absurdly cartoonish Guy Pearce) threatens to cut off the revenue of all the bootleggers in the county and now the three brothers must fight in order to maintain their way of life.
The cast for this film couldn’t have been better. Tom Hardy as the elder brother Forrest is great, and LeBeouf, despite courting a lot of controversy, is a very talented actor and he does a pretty good job as the little brother with everything to prove. The soundtrack is perhaps what I remember most about the film overall. It’s a very bluesy and atmospheric sound that permeates the film and helps accentuate the mood and adds a little bit of dimension to the world that’s been established.
I didn’t even mention that Gary Oldman is in this film as well, but it wouldn’t do much good seeing as how we only have just ONE scene with him in the entire film. Like, if you’re going to use an actor as tremendously talented as Gary Oldman, can’t you be bothered to find a way to give him more screen time? I know this is based on a true story and maybe that’s not how things played out in real life, but c’mon, since when have facts ever been a contributing factor to films like this?
All in all, while I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed this film, it did provide enough of that 20’s aesthetic that I’ll never get tired of, and there was at least enough passion put into the film that I could remain invested until the very end, but aside from that, I really can’t say all that much more about it.

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JoaBiblio
Mar 15, 2016

Really intense movie.
The point of view of those whose lives were affected by Prohibition and its consequences.
Regular folks trying to make it by during hard times too.

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empbee
Dec 15, 2015

A good movie about prohibition and its uselessness.

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HarmonyPeaceLove
Sep 18, 2015

I enjoyed this movie. I especially like movies based on a true story. What I liked is that the brothers stuck up for each other and didn't let the newcomers take over their business of bootlegging. It's interesting to find out about your ancestors to learn about what interesting things they did in the past and to be proud of them ~ great movie, great actors ~ I enjoyed it :)

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tlortiz3
Sep 09, 2015

Good actors, interesting story.

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uugene
Jun 30, 2015

Just great! Backwoods justice; visceral. The bad guys may remind you of Matewan; the good guys may remind you of the bad guys.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Sep 29, 2014

Not the Gangster thrill ride that i thought this was going to be.It's actually slick,but not slick enough period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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slarsen
Jul 01, 2014

Hillbillies! Moonshine! Prohibition! Hey, what could go wrong here? Maybe some power plays between the law and the lawless? Without trying to sound sexist I think this movie is more a man's movie than a woman's. I liked the music (Emmylou Harris), and I liked the casting. I gave the movie an extra star for Shia Labeouf who has become a consummate actor. I would say Labeouf carried the major part of this movie. I recommend it.

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Monolith
May 01, 2013

Forrest Bondurant (to his brother Jack, who's been beaten to a pulp by Deputy Rakes): "...It is not the violence that sets men apart, alright... it is the distance that he is prepared to go."

aaa5756 Apr 27, 2013

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

aaa5756 Apr 27, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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andrewfr6 Jul 29, 2013

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SEBoiko
Feb 03, 2014

Sexual Content: brief Female Nudity!

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