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Lawless (Film Review)

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by Michael Farrugia (subscribe)
I'm a university student currently studying at the University of Western Sydney. I am Sydney born and bred and I know all about having fun in this great city.

This film has a simple premise. Set in Depression-era Virginia, it tells the story of three brothers who are bootleggers during the prohibition when the law decides to crack down on them. The film is directed by John Hillcoat (The Road) and stars Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Guy Pearce (The Time Machine).

The film is a dramatic one with some brutal and violent action and even a couple of comedic moments are put into the film. Therefore, I wouldn't put this as a film for a date night but maybe to watch with a group of friends.

The characters are well-acted, although a couple of actors do get limited screen time when compared to the stars. Hardy plays the strong, silent type who is a town legend. While he is on screen a lot, he doesn't have much to say however his grunting does provide some comedy. LaBeouf is surprising as the youngest of the brothers who also lacks the courage his brothers have. He also has a love interest played by Mia Wasikowska. The villain in this story is played by Pearce who plays a very eccentric and tough character, who makes you want to cheer the brothers on more. The other actors are given considerably less screen time than the three leads including Jason Clarke (the third brother), Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman.

In summary, this is a simply told gangster story that will surprise people and may go under the radar a little as the other big films of the year get all the attention (The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, amongst others). However if you decide to see it, I don't think you will be disappointed - unless you go based on Oldman in the trailers, as he is just a cameo.
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