DVD Review: Lawless


Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LeBoeuf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan | Written by: Nick Cave | Directed by: John Hillcoat

The director of The Road, John Hilcoat’s latest film is an adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s novel based on the true tale of his grandfather and great uncles, three brothers: Forest, jack and Howard Bondurant, as moonshining bootleggers in Franklin County, Virginia. Lawless follows the repercussions of Forest (Tom Hardy) stands up to Special Agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), who arrives from Chicago demanding a cut in the brothers’ profits.

Films that are based on a true story often are at risk of lacking in plot, because most people don’t have as exciting lives as Hollywood would have us believe, but the Bondurant brothers went through a lot during the few years the story covers. As the film opens, we’re told that Forest Bondurant believes he’s practically immortal,
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