RJG Rating- 100
The Bondurant brothers' illegal business is threatened by the new corrupt Deputy.
Starring- Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain,Guy Pearce
Director- John Hillcoat
Lawless has one of the best casting of 2012.The cast was just amazing and all give superb performances.Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant was great.But the real show stealer was Tom Hardy as the Eldest brother ,Forrest Bondurant.Tom gives hardly a few lines but he gives off an amazing performance.Guy Pearce plays the villain, Charlie Rakes.Guy like the rest of the cast blends in perfectly and gives a menacing performance.Jessica Chastain is one of the best upcoming actresses of the recent years ,and once again she delivers an excellent performance.Supporting cast members ,Gary Oldman,Mia W,Jason Clarke were all noteworthy.
The story of Lawless is based on the novel " The Wettest County in the World " ,written by Matt Bondurant who was the grandson of teh lead character ,Jack Bondurant.Although the movie is much more violent than the book ,i felt it to be amazing and more apt.The movie could have been another one of those dull 'illegal smugglers' movie ,but the writers mix the legends with the real story giving off a pretty intense screenplay.
Direction was excellent.The start was a bit slow ,but we never expect it to suddenly turn into an intense crime war.Even at the halfway mark ,the movie glided smoothly without a hitch leaving a trail of blood and violence.Add to the fact the actors are just amazing ,you have in your hands a very interesting movie.
Overall ,Lawless will surprise you on how well its crafted and by the amazing cast.A must watch.