The brothers are bootleggers making moon-shine and each exemplifying a different quality that allows their operation to be successful.
Shot in Georgia, the film was able to capture the grittiness of the time but also the charm of the South. Jessica Chastain plays a sassy barmaid, and Mia Wasikowska is a preacher's daughter who catches the eye of Shia LaBeouf. The cast and style of Lawless is going to send it straight up the box office charts.
Michael Shannon plays the dirty cop complete with a manic frenzied attitude. He provides a decent amount of the comedy in the movie, but the jury is still out as to whether or not he was a good movie villain. A "good" movie villain would of course be a bad person, but one who is so evil that you're rooting for them to lose just as much as you're rooting the hero to win.
He's a dirty cop because he's using all the tricks in the book to get the envelope that our hero is carrying. A friend of his, Nime (Jamie Chung) has a family emergency and needs to get a special piece of paper to the right people in Chinatown. Once this is revealed, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character becomes much more humanized as he doesn't just risk his life for his job, but for his friend.
The direction for the movie is, for the most part, simple which matches the simplistic premise. It can get carried away with the slow-motion crashes, or highlighting the paths on the road which are most dangerous, almost as dangerous and not quite as dangerous. But Premium Rush succeeds in taking us along for the ride with one of the best actors of his generation.
Along with Gervais, we learn a lot about society, and we see all the inherent humour. This humour actually has a fair number of levels to it. On one level, humanity is very base, but the great thing about lying is that we actually get to a level where we can find the good in people. This movie is for everybody who has ever been called short, fat or ugly, and for all those people who see that it's always the good looking people who get everything they want in the world. But Gervais is now here to stand up for us, and just let us laugh.
"The Invention of Lying" is filled with one-liners, intelligent wit and the ultimate truth to our world. It's also filled with many recognizable actors, all there to make the movie shinier and brighter. Jennifer Garner at one point tells our hero, "I like the way you see the world." Well, so do I, Mr. Gervais, so do I.