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½ May 27, 2016
A well-made and told Prohibition story, set in Virginia in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Plenty of macabre humour (it is written & scored by Nick Cave!) and lots of "who's on who's side", with the three brothers - Jack (LaBeouf), Howard (Clarke) & Forrest (Hardy), the city gangsters (Oldman), the sheriff & the new deputy (Pearce). LaBeouf & Hardy are great, with Clarke, Oldman and Chastain under-utilised, and Pearce is downright creepy. A decent ending and overall, a good ride.
May 23, 2016
Bootlegging in its true traditional meaning, girls, guns and a lot of violence. I would say better than some of the critics would have you believe. Funny at times and hilarious with the head of the family jsut grunting his life forward. Who needs words.......
May 8, 2016
Maybe not the best material to base a movie on, but its entertaining enough to give it a closer look.
½ April 30, 2016
Decent story line, but doesn't live up to it's name "Lawless". This is not an 'action' movie by any stretch of the imagination. An odd combination of slow with brutal attacks/murder scenes.
½ April 27, 2016
Very well acted and very well told. Since it is based on a true story it can only be as entertaining as what really happened.
April 22, 2016
Yes, it is another prohibition-era bootleg gang movie. Lots of gun fire, corrupt cops, graphic violence, based on true story stuff and pop-culture references. What works for it are the reliable performances from its dependable cast and what doesn't are its inconsistencies, clichés and a trait dragged too long.

Forrest (Tom Hardy), Jack (Shia LaBeouf) and Howard (Jason Clarke) are the Bondurant brothers bootlegging self-distilled liquor in a rural town during prohibition-era. There is a legend in the town which Forrest himself started and believes due to a few past incidents that the Bondurant brothers are invincible and cannot be killed. A corrupt and ruthless official special deputy Charles Rakes (Guy Pearce) arrives from the city with a task force to shutdown bootlegging. Forrest dismisses a brine proposition he is offered by Rakes thus starting a brutal confrontation.

It is a movie with an equal number of merits and flaws. Too many or too few of either of them will not give a decent result. Some sequences of strong performances paves way to loud or inexplicable ones. I watched this movie for Jessica Chastain and she plays a rather inconsequential role. The story revolves around Shia LaBeouf's Jack and only this character seems to have some variations and he shows some competence. It is quite a good thread involving Forrest's belief about invincibility, but feels quite dragged by the end. The graphic violence and gore is on par with movies of similar genre and the background score contains some very interesting tracks but the mixing and volume of them at certain moments felt a little off.

Not a recommendation but if you chance on it, you may not feel too bored.
April 19, 2016
Great story. Showed what life was during prohibition in the south
½ April 15, 2016
its a western with good filming amazing acting but a medium plot
April 12, 2016
If you take away Shia and mend the plot some other way, you would have an excellent movie. What a shame he's the main character.
March 27, 2016
Was pretty decent movie up to about 1:25:32. Then it got took a turn for the worse.
March 23, 2016
Good movie, good performances. I liked it.
½ March 13, 2016
Perfect acting and a tense storyline make Lawless a memorable and gritty story of the early 1900's when alcohol was illegal. Shia LaBeouf makes for a great lead and big names like Tom Hardy, Guy Pierce,Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, and an underused Gary Oldman all pitch in to make Lawless about as close as to a masterpiece as it could be.
February 19, 2016
My all time favourite. If you love badass western movies then this is a must see. Tom Hardy... Bravo
January 27, 2016
Needed more gary oldman
January 16, 2016
Lawless has it's great intense moments build up on knowledge about that time. Bar from the tense moments it's a casual film, that's could've been done far worse. Tom Hardy, Oscar nominee 2016, was not exceptional as he can be. The film is good in a whole but nothing extraordinary.
December 19, 2015
Lawless isn't flawless, but boy was it a good time. This is one badass, gun-blazing, gangster movie. It's piled high with action. The story is not treated as fascinatingly, and perhaps character development needed some fine tuning. But you can't say anything bad about the acting. Tom Hardy.. again, he might be the actor of our time. Shia does an incredible job here. There's a real actor hiding behind all of that craziness. Then, there's Guy Pierce, who absolutely steals every scene as the bad guy. What a monster. Nothing beats well acted evil in a film, and he pulls it off Christoph Waltz-style. That haircut will haunt your nightmares. Over all, this is a highly underrated film. It may look on the surface to be as bland as a cancelled HBO mini-series. Don't judge the book by it's cover. Give it a watch.
½ December 13, 2015
The movie was as savage and reckless as its title implies and the characters were played with passion, but the villain is ridiculous and the story is loose, with no structure to keep us focused. It boiled down to a bunch of moonshine, yelling and bare knuckle brawls.
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2015
Just watched the trailer....Hope the movie lives up to it!
½ November 25, 2015
I liked to see this period piece the best part of this movie centres around Tom hardy and his performance and that characters story. I thought this was an ok movie.
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