Written August 31, 2012
Lawless is a well made film with solid acting, but its story is typical and as a result you'll leave the theater feeling like you've seen this movie before or heard it a various stories. Tom Hardy and Shia LaBouf turn in fine performances, but Guy Pierce's character, who is supposed to be uber-menacing, is basically a run-of-the-mill bad-guy with few surprises. If you've not seen the film this director (John Hillcoat) made in 2005, "The Proposition", I would rent that instead of seeing this. That film is dark and hauntingly beautiful.
Whereas Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' scores for both "The Proposition" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" were again, hauntingly beautiful, the music for this film lacks the aching-eloquence that those two films possessed.
Did I like this film? I did. Would I see it again? I would not due to its lack of "bite".
Written September 02, 2012
Amazing acting and great plot based on a true story. I just can't get over how Shia LeBouf and Tom Hardy able to play so many different roles SO well. It's definitely got some bloody violence but it's not enough to avoid the movie if you're not a fan of that sort of thing (I know I'm not).
Do yourself a favor and go see it!
Written September 01, 2012
Saw Lawless last night and I must say it was a really great movie. Being from the South we have a given understanding of moonshiners which fueled the incomes of many families for many years Go see this movie!.
Written September 01, 2012
I had read some pretty negative reviews, so was braced for an uneven ride, but Lawless is strong, confident filmmaking with great visual style and indelible performances. Like Hillcoat's "The Proposition," the storytelling is about a series of incidents accumulating tension between the characters, so it's not a nonstop action flick as some of the promotions imply. It's also about mood and especially about the creation of folk mythology, which is very effectively done. There's been some criticism of Guy Pearce's "cartoonish" performance but given the character's actions and the archetypes at work, it didn't strike me or my companions as inappropriate or jarring. This guy will show up in your nightmares. Shia LaBoeuf is fine, Jason Clarke gives solid support, Jessica Chastain quietly commands your attention in every scene and Tom Hardy is just ASTONISHING. On the downside, he & Chastain don't have a lot of chemistry, and the film runs about fifteen minutes too long
Written September 04, 2012
I have watched a ton of junk movies come out for months wandering would anything make me come back to a cinema to watch, well Lawless did the trick, finally a truly interesting story with a strong cast I would tell everyone to go see this film.