I love when a movie takes me back in time. Such is the case with “Lawless.” It’s a true story based on the novel, “The Wettest County In the World.” The Bondurant Brothers were bad-asses during prohibition in the remote mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Making illegal moonshine was big business for the brothers, Jack (Shia LaBeuf) Forrest (Tom Hardy) & Howard (Jason Clarke). The trouble always starts with “The Law.” Kudos to Guy Pearce who plays Agent Charlie Rakes who plays this big-city lawman with undeniable smirks & utter creepiness. Charlie’s haircut is worth a thousand words. Guy was completely entertaining. I also enjoyed Gary Oldman as gangster Floyd Banner. It’s classic Oldman, changing his physical appearance yet again. He’s a true cinematic chameleon.
There’s a great divide between Tom Hardy’s Forrest & Shia LaBeuf’s Jack. Forrest is the string silent type, while Jack is eager to a fault. To exist in that period, you had to comply to “The Law.” The Bondurant Brothers would not bow to any man, group or gang. During this time, their legend grew to the point of immortality. The film steadily builds with a steady performance by Jessica Chastain who plays Maggie, a Chicago girl looking for a quieter life. By the end of the film, the booze, bullets & blood are flowing.
It’s a good film & I highly recommend it. “Lawless” is Rated ‘R’ for violence.If you follow me on Twitter @leoquinones I’ll do my hair like Agent Charlie Rakes. Watch