Written January 28, 2015
This movie is made in the Bonnie and Clyde type tradition, no its not about bank robbers, and no it may not be as good as Bonnie and Clyde, but it is good. I've read alot of complaints about nudity and bloodshed, and after seeing this movie, I wonder what the complaints are about, as there was only a few nude scenes that were brief, I've seen far worst more often, and I've seen far more bloodshed in other movies. The acting in this all around was great, the story was a very good story, if anything, I would have liked a little more action myself. The movie is about 3 brothers who are bootleggers/moonshine in the 1930's era, and about the corrupt police who try to shake them down for a share, and later try and put them out of business. I go to the show often and wasnt expecting much out of this movie after reading the reviews, but was very surprised at how good this was, take my advice, skip the critics reviews and go see this, I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars myself, enjoy :)
Written December 20, 2014
I LOVED this film. They constantly kept you on the edge of your seat and always through surprises your way. The three brothers had so much synergy and worked so well together. You create this relationship with each character in your own way and it made the overall movie great. It's definitely an adult movie... lots of blood and cussing.. even nudity.. The director and writer did wonders with the script and filming. Kudos to everyone in the movie.. :)
Written December 22, 2014
"Lawless" is the first film out the gate this pre-awards season and I suspect it's because it's missing that "it" factor that really gives movies that "remember me" feeling. Don't misunderstand me, I think this is a really well-done movie with seemingly nothing that I can knock. Tom Hardy's stock continues to rise, Shia reminds you why he's so got the weight of a younger, new generation of actors on his shoulders and Jessica Chastain's name will be remembered in those households that haven't yet taken notice. Guy Pearce's performance probably takes the cake, though. I really wanted him to die, even by my own hand if I had the opportunity. He may continue to be a big name, but I feel like he is remarkably underutilized in Hollywood. Story, character development and action scenes are proportioned but, as I said, it never digs in like a tick in the Virginia woods. I would not be surprised if many others rate this higher than me but despite the actor's best efforts it's only "really good."
Written August 22, 2014
The movie was good but the story line was abit predictable. Shia LeBeouf has been critized lately because he's been bad mouthing big budget productions, he is a good actor but he still needs refinement. Tom Hardy and, of course, Guy Pearce, who has always done "Indie" films shines in this production, Mr. Pearce seems to immerse himself in his character. Shia's character seems "empty" at times, young, strong willed but to his feelings not given a chance to "show himself". He wants Forrest's approval so bad, that's were the film becomes predictable. The cinematography of the back hills of Virginia, during the 1930's, the rough, rawness of survival during Prohibition is excellently shown. Just barely enough money to get by, you see a little bit of the money their making from "Moonshine", but it's the times and they were hard.
Written December 25, 2014
The story is new. The subject isn't. Still, this film is expensively produced, well written and executed by some really great onscreen talent that do an excellent job of bringing it all together. I found the film engaging and thoroughly entertaining.. It's worth its ticket price. See it. You won't be disappointed.