Excerpt: 2012’s Lawless assembles not only a large cast of well-known actors, but also, a very talented one. It’s set during the during the early 1930’s during the prohibition era. It focuses on three brothers and their efforts to make moonshine and sell it illegally.
Excerpt: Cinematically speaking, good ol’ boys living in the backwoods during the Prohibition era means plenty of fiddle music, chewin’ tobacky, and Tommy guns. And when Old Bessie runs out of gas, just pour some of that pure grain alcohol in the tank, and you’re off like blazes.
Excerpt: It’s the 1930s and while in the big cities gangsters like Al Capone are making good weather selling illegally brewed alcohol, that alcohol of course has to come from somewhere. And that’s Virginia, a state where poverty rules and people have little possibilities other than brewing illegal whiskey.
Excerpt: The prohibition era of America may have dried up the land, but that period of temperance also produced myriad stories of the conflicts between rival bootleggers, crooked cops, not-crooked cops, and gangsters looking to score massive windfalls.
Excerpt: Back in 1931, moonshiners were on the run from prohibition. Today, moonshiners have reality TV shows . We’ve matured, clearly. Leading the Bondurant clan is Forrest (Tom Hardy), soft spoken with a penchant for brass knuckles.
Conclusion: 'Lawless' has a great pedigree, but fails to come together into a cohesive whole. Still, Shia LeBeouf and Guy Pearce both turn in excellent performances, and the film meticulously recreates the Prohibition period.
Summary: The film loses a bit of steam toward the end thanks to a messy shootout and a coda that felt slightly tacked on. Fortunately, Lawless also boasts a terrific ensemble cast guided by a talented director telling a story dealing with a chapter of American history that’s been curiously underserved on the...
Excerpt: The third collaboration between director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave (their first being Ghosts Of The Civil Dead and the second being the better known The Proposition), 2012’s Lawless leaves the duo’s homeland of Australia for prohibition era Virginia – Franklin County, to be exact.
Conclusion: Lawless seems to nail its period recreation, and not just through sets and costumes. The actors live the time and violence with striking precision. The story doesn't necessarily make for the end-all, be-all of Gangster/Prohibition period films, but it does everything very well and nothing poorly.