Lawless 2012

Lawless

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Grim, bloody, and utterly flawed, Lawless doesn't quite achieve the epic status it strains for, but it's too beautifully filmed and powerfully acted to dismiss.

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In 1931, the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County, Va., run a multipurpose backwoods establishment that hides their true business, bootlegging. Middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) is the brain of the operation; older Howard (Jason Clarke) is the brawn, and younger Jack (Shia LaBeouf), the lookout. Though the local police have taken bribes and left the brothers alone, a violent war erupts when a sadistic lawman (Guy Pearce) from Chicago arrives and tries to shut down the Bondurants operation.

Cast & Crew

Shia LaBeouf
Jack Bondurant
Tom Hardy
Forrest Bondurant
Jason Clarke
Howard Bondurant
Guy Pearce
Charley Rakes
Jessica Chastain
Maggie Beauford
Mia Wasikowska
Bertha Minnix
Dane DeHaan
Cricket Pate
Tim Tolin
Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman
Floyd Banner
Nick Cave
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Dany Wolf
Executive Producer
Valerie Chow
Executive Producer
Jason Blum
Executive Producer
Scott Hanson
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Critic Reviews for Lawless

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (73)

Audience Reviews for Lawless

  • Oct 30, 2015
    Not a terrible visit to the backcountry hills of ol'Virginny (as English and Australian actors continue to overrun Yank filmography) where some moonshiners run afoul of duh law (vilely personified herein by Guy Pearce, Australian, with hissy fits aplenty). Leading the good guys (that'd be the moonshiners in this biopic) is I'm-wearing-muh-hat-lo'-so-yah-cahn't-see-muh-eyes Tom Hardy (English, I believe) who is as tough as your mother-in-law drunk and passed out on the couch which she just peed on, your couch. Jason Clarke (another Aussie) is the muscle middle brother, and Gary Oldman (English, forcryinoutloud) is a rival in the mix as well. Are there any Yanks in this story about the real America (where everyone wears their hats down over their eyes)? They're only in supporting roles. And they get whupped. Real bad. I blame the Aussie director, duh. The movie's okay though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2015
    always enjoy watching shia, tom hardy was good in it. a good cast, soundtrack & style to it. decent writing by nick cave. more please!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2015
    Lawless is the kind of film that could of been a classic if it wanted too but it decided to go for a dark western popcorn flick that even though is brilliantly acted its story isn't gripping and kind of plods along with some violent scenes and an ending I wasn't expecting, Having said all that I really enjoyed it, It's slow but entertaining, Tom Hardy steals the show with his acting and take no shit attitude, Good film that you should go into not expecting it to be a drama/western but a fun/violent popcorn flick.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I was watching this movie, but boy was I glad I did. This is a movie in which the outlaws are the good guys, and Guy Pearce is the guy you just can't wait to see dead. This film is full of wonderful cinematography and great acting, so even if thewriting is unpure, the heart is.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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