Lawless is based on the true story of the Bondurant family of bootleggers during prohibition-era Virginia. There is a belief among the residents of Franklin County that the Bondurant’s particularly middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) are practically immortal. Something the family half believes themselves. The theory is tested time and again in this movie.
The movie of course contains most of the elements of Prohibition, bootleggers, gangsters, law enforcement and corrupt officials. But unlike most movies none of it is really glamorized except through the eyes of Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf). But this is small town prohibition as opposed to say Chicago.
I like the scenes showing the different types of customers as well as the different type of people in town. I particularly liked the Menonite, I’m assuming, church scene.
The acting in the movie is really good as well particularly Tom Hardy as Forrest and even Shia LaBeouf as Jack. Shia was my reason for putting off seeing this movie in the first place, I haven’t really like his acting since probably the movie Holes. But he played a character that fit him well and even though the character annoyed me it wasn’t because of LaBeouf.
The most stand out actor to me was the nearly unrecognizable Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes a psychotic, corrupt law enforcement officer from Chicago. Having only seen Pearce in the snoozable Lockout I didn’t realize he had such talent. Particularly to play such an unlikable character.
The ending is a little soft but I wouldn’t let that keep you from watching this movie.