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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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29 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,001,566, 2 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,400,127, 29 November 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,676,580, 29 November 2012
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James Franco, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Shannon were originally slated to top line the project together with Shia LaBeouf. See more »

Goofs

When Jack grows ill while Bertha washes his foot, and out of the church, he leaves a boot behind. He is seen limping through the woods wearing a single boot. When he arrives at Cricket's cabin and is beaten outside the cabin by Charlie Rakes, he is shown wearing two boots. In the next scene, back a the Bondurant's Inn, Forest gives Jack a bag (a "present" from the preacher, Bertha's father). In the bag is the boot he left at the church. See more »

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Forrest Bondurant: Have you met Howard?
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Good, but a bit disappointing
22 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Good, but not great, and more than a little disappointing. Had heaps of potential: the (true) story was incredibly interesting. However, that may be the problem - there is too much to cram into a 2-hour movie. A mini-series may the more ideal medium. Certain events get glossed over. Some development of some of the more interesting sub-plots is required. Plus, we are lead down a few blind-alleys, plot-wise. The pacing is uneven too - better direction and editing was required.

This said, it is entertaining. The movie is suspenseful and exciting and has a degree of grittiness. With more time and a better director, it could have been a great crime-drama.

Shia LaBeouf is miscast in the lead role - he just doesn't have the presence or maturity for the role. Still, he doesn't do too badly and manages to limit the damage. Remaining cast - Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska - are excellent. Tom Hardy is the pick of the bunch, as Forrest Bondurant.

Most underutilised member of the cast must go to Gary Oldman. His character was a very interesting one, and deserved his own movie, but Oldman, for all his genius as an actor, only gets 5 minutes of screen time.

Good soundtrack, the standout track being a hillbilly version of The Velvet Underground's "White Light, White Heat".


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