Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes

Lawless (Film Review)

Home > Everywhere > Cinema | Movie Reviews
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.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  9
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? To escape to a different time
More articles by Michael Farrugia
Your Comment
More Everywhere articles
Articles from other cities
by Adam Ray Palmer on 22/09/2012
Top Events
Popular Articles