'Lawless' Review By SherlockHolmes2009

With great performances from Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Shia Labeouf, and Gary Oldman, Lawless is worth the long wait
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  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
After seeing Lawless, I must say I was more impressed with this film than I thought I was. Lawless was a great film to end the summer with with great writing and even better acting by Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf, and Gary Oldman

The screenplay was top notch, one of the best things about the film. Written by Nick Cave, the screenplay is different than a typical average gangster film with two gangs or two gangsters just shooting up each other for an entire movie, it focuses on 3 brothers fighting to survive the Prohibition Era in rural Virginia and Nick Cave did an awesome job writing this film

The acting was awesome, great performances by alot of actors. Lets start with the Boundurant brothers, starting with their leader Forrest Boundurant played by Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy, as always, was a badass in this film and gave a great performance that was one of the best of the film as he plays Forrest perfectly as a leader of the family and a mentor to his young brother Jack. Now onto the middle child Howard Boundurant played by Jason Clarke. Clarke in this film didnt really stand out to me, his character just wasnt all that ineresting as I thought he would be. Now for the youngest Boundurant, Jack Boundurant played by Shia LaBeouf. Shia really suprised me in this and gave a pretty good performance. What I liked about the Jack character was you see an entire change, from hm being a timid weak person to finally seeing what it takes to truly become a man and standing up for yourself and Shia really brought his A game to this role.

Now onto our other cast. Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes was another great choice. Pearce gives a great performance that makes you really hate his character and Pearces performance was definetly one of the best. Gary Oldman was also terrific as the gangster Floyd Banner but I hated how he barely got anytime in his role, just a waste. Now for the women of Lawless, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska gave OK performances, they werent bad but they werent great either.

The directing donne by John Hillcoat was good. Hillcoat really knew what he was doing and you really get the feel of Prohibition Era Virginia and showing the struggle of these 3 characters fighting the law to survive and his cinematographer Benoit Delhomme also deserves some recognition for helping Hillcoat capture this great film

The visuals were also terrific as you really get a feel for rural Virginia in the film. Hillcoat also shows that he really did his homework in this film by showing a true 1930s Prohibition film and showing the hard times of the 1930s

Overall I give the film 8/10 stars. Lawless is a terrific film that really is better than what you would expect. If I had to really say something bad about the film I would have prefered that the title stay The Wettest County instead of Lawless but it still works. So go grab some moonshine, kick back and watch the outlaws become heros in Lawless

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Comments (24)

  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @narrator yes- :) i grew up in Brighton and he was my neighbor til i moved- i think it was around when The Road was released that i saw less and less of him- very intelligent and balding guy- hes still friends with me and my family :)

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    @slysnide I am right there with you!

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    @SherlockHolmes2009 Oh definitely dude! I will definitely put something together again soon!

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  4. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Ah, what a great weekend, we so must do that again

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    @forrestgump1 The secret is tagging people. Unless you do that already, in which case I guess Sherlock was just getting lucky! I do try and aim for your reviews, if you continue to read mine!

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    @slysnide Don't worry I do too! haha I will say though, I did have moonshine this past weekend as promised with @SherlockHolmes2009 so I think that still makes for one LAWLESS, awesome weekend ;)

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  7. Zak Lee Ferguson

    funny fact hillcoat used to be my next door N!

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  8. slysnide

    Still gotta see this.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 haha you did!

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  10. skywise

    @SherlockHolmes2009 He is such a great actor..even Lockup (which was terrible) was watchable because of his performance.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. SherlockHolmes2009

    @forrestgump1 Thanks man and to tell ya the truth I have no idea I had that many likes that quick haha, if I knew I would tell you

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  12. SherlockHolmes2009

    @narrator Yea Im starting to not go by RTs reviews, they rate their films too low

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  13. SherlockHolmes2009

    @skywise Pearce really does, I was really impressed

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  14. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 I could have sworn I told you id have it up today

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  15. the MovieGhost

    Great review @SherlockHolmes2009! Fairly well written, only one or two grammatical errors. I'm really looking forward to seeing this!

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  16. Forrestgump1

    Man whats your secret already got 7 likes and you just posted this? i only got 2 and i posted it like 4hrs ago .. haha .. you wanna spread the wealth a little bit? ha

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  17. Forrestgump1

    and nice Review to.

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  18. Forrestgump1

    I Agree man this movie was fantastic.

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  19. the Narrator

    Sweet, @SherlockHolmes2009! I'm really looking forward to this film, and your review seems far more relatable than the negative ones on RT. Good job, mate.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  20. skywise

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Great review. I hear that Pierce really knocks it out of the park and almost steals the show. I cant wait to see this. I am a huge fan of Nick Cave so I am excited to see how it all came together. From your review sounds like its pretty awesome. Gonna see it this weekend.

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    @SherlockHolmes2009 I had no idea you were putting a review up of this today! ;)

    Well written sir! I am hopeful to see this soon!

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