August 30, 2012
'Lawless' Is Almost a 100 Proof Moonshine Flick
Let's be frank here: this is not the movie for you if you are not a fan of violence, if you scoff at nudity, and you embrace loud and stupid over subtle and quaint. However, if you're willing to adventure into the backwoods, Prohibition era setting of 'Lawless' with these things in mind, you're in for a treat.
This film packs a punch and doesn't hold any of those punches back. With a screenplay by Nick Cave and masterful direction by John Hillcoat, 'Lawless' is the kind of crime drama where everything is a cliche, but that doesn't hold the film back. The choices of each of the film's players - particularly Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman - are wise, calculated, and spectacular. In fact, the film spectacularly goes from 100 MPH to a steady pace and you barely notice it. And sure, the story is a little dodgy in parts, but it delivers in spades if you're willing to be patient and see the heart of the underdog that this film represents.
Final thought: Distilled to near perfection.
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