Lawless (2012) Movie Review
Lawless (2012) Movie Review
Released : Aug. 29th, 2012
Reviewed : Dec. 5th, 2012
Genre : Drama
Story (from IMDB) :
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Going into this I didn’t quite know how I would feel about the movie as the previews gave me mixed feelings about it. What I got though is by far one of the best releases this year.
Story wise the movie flows along perfectly while at a few times dragging on it never really lets go to lose your attention. It not only shows the story of the brothers going against a ruthless menacing “Lawless” officer sent in to take down the trafficking of homemade alcohol. Once the characters start showing more of themselves and diving into the story deeper it is engaging based on the point of the view really deciding who is the “hero” and “villain” of the movie when in hind sight there may not even be one. With how beautifully the film is shot you just never really lose focus of the movie.
The cast though is not only a standout thing but should be some upcoming award winners. Tom Hardy plays what may be his best role yet. He is a menacing “invincible” force in this movie but as time goes by you also start to see his characters more sweet side and truly see how Tom was able to make such a big character have such different sides visibly. Shia LeBeouf actually has the best role yet for him as well. You get to watch as his character slowly progresses from a innocent low level man in the movie to building up in the ranks and as a character his growth progression is extremely noticeable. At times his character may come across as too much of a whiny annoying character but by the end he is almost completely different. Guy Pierce plays a worthless extreme villain and truly makes you think he is the worst of the worst. He is able to really get into and portray a man that will do whatever he needs to take someone down. Gary Oldman also does a great but small role. His character really had the potential to be great in the movie if given more screen time.
This isn’t a watch though for the faint of heart though as the violence in this is some of the most graphic stuff done recently in movies. One thing that truly makes the violence so unnerving is the fact that by the time a lot of it happens you already have grown to like the character and to watch some of the things that happen to people in here can just leave you shocked. The scenes are just not for someone that won’t like extremely graphic violence. It is spread out enough though and all scenes are huge plot points for the story so unlike other movies this one just doesn’t add violence in as a filler.
If you have any doubt about watching this then stop and watch it. Other than being slow for a very time amount of time this movie is nearly perfect and is by far one of the best films of 2012.