Film Review: Lawless

Based on the novel by Matt Bondurant and reimagined be director John Hillcoat (The Road) is Lawless a western about three outlaw brothers  who meet there match when there gang is threatened by a new deputy who wants to cut into their profits. Based on true events and set in the prohibition era.

The brothers in Lawless (played by Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf and Jason Clarke) specialize in illegal distribution in alcohol, amongst other illegal activities. The film doesn’t take time to develop our anti-heroes before jumping right into the inciting incident. Without pre-research it took me about thirty minutes to realize the three were brothers.

Director John Hillcoat’s recent project was The Road which I thought was one of the great post-apocalyptic film ever made and beautifully imagined. This film has a fond production design and is very well acted all around especially Labeouf who steals the show from the majority of the actors.

Hardy’s performance as the older brother seems cartoony, even more cartoony than his portrayl as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He nails some part, and whil I appreciate Hardy as an actor, and look forward to seeing him in upcoming projects, his performance falls flat here.

There’s a lot that is good about Lawless it’s a pretty film to look at, and it’s never really boring. The story is interesting, but the execution of the story is improper with a lot of unnecessary scenes that don’t push the main conflict with the new deputy forward whatsoever.

Final Score: 2.5/5