Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Lawless by John Hillcoat, 2012 (R)
with Shia LaBeouf (The Company You Keep, Constantine), Tom Hardy (This Means War, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Larry Crowne, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Prometheus, Iron Man 3), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Debt, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter), The Debt, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter), Mia Wasikowska (Albert Nobbs, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), Dane DeHaan (Jack & Diane), Chris McGarry, Tim Tolin, Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Dark Knight Rises), Lew Temple (Unstoppable)
This true-to-life action saga profiles Virginia's bootlegging Bondurant gang, whose exploits during the Prohibition era made them outlaw heroes. The three Bondurant brothers tussle with the law and each other as they try to survive changing times.
This is not a genre I am familiar with. Prohibition time in the countryside, gangster movie. And perhaps because it doesn't generally appeal to me. My curiosity for this one was the cast, with Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy who I really like in general. Anyway, the story is good, the rhythm keeps you hanging in there, good guys are bad guys and bad guys are really freaky. The movie is about men, and how their humanity is defined through the changes of the society. It is intelligent, not sophisticated, there are no crazy pursuits, everything feels like it should have been back then, and somehow that feels right. (Tired of special effect action movies...)