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Lawless (2012)

R | | Crime, Drama | 29 August 2012 (USA)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

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In 1931, in Franklin County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,001,566 (USA) (2 September 2012)

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$37,400,127 (USA) (29 November 2012)
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According to director John Hillcoat, Tom Hardy actually saw his character as a maternal figure and many of the characters manners were modeled on Granny, from Friz Freleng's Loony Tunes series. See more »

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The flowers at Cricket's funeral (ranunculus, wax flower, French anemones) would likely not have been available in the rural mountains of Virginia at the time. They would have likely used wildflowers such as goldenrod and queen anne's lace. See more »

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Forrest Bondurant: [to beaten up deputies] Now, you all oughta know better than to come around here when Hal's been on the stump whiskey for a few days.
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Lawless...ruthless...relentless...rancorous and savage all at once.
27 May 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

John Hillcoat has a penchant for westerns, it's quite obvious from his earlier ventures and with Lawless he shows how dedicated he is to the genre. I am not sure whether this movie would qualify for a western or not but the brutishness, savagery and rawness of the characters are indeed offshoots of revisionist westerns.

The crudeness of the movie and its character specially Tom Hardy is a treat, he has put in a great performance. Tom hardy gives himself to the role and he has done it time and again. Shia Labeof did have his moments but with Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke it's hard for an actor of his experience to shine. Another scrumptious treat was Guy Pierce, with his eyebrows missing he was out right menacing. The acting of the leads overshadows whatever holes might have been left.

The execution of the movie was good, it was very easy to be carried away making it just another violent and gore fest or another gun-slinger movie with no substance but director stayed firm. The characterization was given ample space to blossom and each character did bring an essence of its own to the story, nothing was wasted. The sound track and the visuals were other such valuables.

To me Lawless gives a kind of freshness to the crime, gangster genre executed in a western-esque style, nobody would count it among-st the greatest gangster movies but this does leave a mark of its own.

I'd give it a 8/10 and would strongly recommend.

Addendum: If violence and barbarity are not your flavour, this movie might offend you and if it's, then it does have the offbeat punctuation with no holds barred.


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