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Based on the book, The Wettest County in the World —by Matt Bondurant, grandson of one of the story's main characters—Hillcoat's film depicts the true ss lives of the Bondurant brothers, a trio of infamous moonshiners and bootleggers in Franklin County, Virginia.

Forrest Tom Hardy , Howard Jason Clarke , and Jack Shia LaBeouf run an impressive capitalistic venture, supplying high quality moonshine to the thriving local bootlegging industry at the height of Prohibition. They're making good money, steering clear of mob run-ins and fortifying their status as local legends.

Everything is illegal and the world is lawless, but the Bondurant boys are living in relative peace. Of course, this being an era of widespread institutionalized corruption, Rakes is the most lawless of all.

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He's a psychotic, bloodthirsty villain in a pinstriped suit and white gloves. He takes aim at the Bondurant operation and orchestrates a bloody, ruthless offensive to take the brothers down. The plot of Lawless doesn't offer many surprises and the film feels pretty standard as Prohibition crime dramas go. If you've To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access. Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access. This slideshow is only available for subscribers. Please log in or subscribe to view the slideshow.

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Sections Home. Prayer Abortion Fatherhood. Subscribe Subscriber Benefits Give a Gift. Subscribers receive full access to the archives. Reviews Movie Review. Lawless A well-done but violent period piece about the wild world of backwoods bootlegging. Brett McCracken August 29, Our Rating.

She reveals she had delivered him to the hospital after the attack and Forrest deduces that she had been assaulted as well. Jack arrives at the bridge but is wounded by Rakes. Howard and Forrest arrive and a shootout ensues, during which Forrest and his driver are also wounded with the latter dying of his injury shortly after. A convoy of bootleggers arrive and hold the law-enforcers at gunpoint.

Rakes ignores them and attempts to execute Forrest, but is shot in the leg by Sheriff Hodges in an attempt to halt the bloodshed. Rakes turns to leave the scene, but suddenly turns around, and shoots Forrest several times. The convoy opens fire on Rakes, but he runs into a tunnel. Since he is unable to run far, the badly wounded Jack and Howard chase after him and execute him together. Following the end of Prohibition in , Wardell is arrested on corruption charges while the Bondurants are all married — Jack to Bertha, Forrest to Maggie, and Howard to a Martinsville woman — and working in legitimate occupations.

During a festive reunion at Jack's house sometime later, Forrest drunkenly ambles to a frozen lake and falls into the freezing water. Although he drags himself out, he later dies of pneumonia , putting to rest the legend of his invincibility. Writer Matt Bondurant wrote the historical novel The Wettest County in the World , based on the Prohibition -era bootlegging activities of his grandfather Jack Bondurant and his grand-uncles Forrest and Howard. And traditionally the gangster film teaches us that we've got to pay for our sins. Usually the gangster is shot down in a blaze of glory and doesn't get up again.

Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave , who had worked together on the Western film The Proposition , were attracted to the story by the success of the Bondurants. Hillcoat also said, "we also loved the idea that it sort of touched on the whole immortality that a lot of these guys start to feel when they do survive so many strange experiences. He said that after he saw Bronson , "I went home and wrote Tom [Hardy] a letter saying I was a fan.

He sent me a script, and I sent him Lawless. He called me back and said, 'This is fucking amazing. Chastain said, "I am a big fan of The Proposition. I hadn't even read the script, but I told [Hillcoat], 'If you cast me, I'll do it. Is it something I'm repeating?

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By December , Hardy and Chastain were reported to have joined the project. According to Cave, "a lot of the truly brutal stuff did not make it through into the film.

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In the book, you get lulled by the beautiful lyricism of the writing, then suddenly you are slapped in the face by a graphic description of a killing. I tried to be true to that as much as I could. He was a nasty country cop. We made him a city cop, gave him his disturbed sexuality and all the rest of it," Cave said. They chose to use the Arri Alexa digital camera system for Lawless , and Delhomme always used two cameras during filming.

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Cave scored the film with Warren Ellis. What we didn't want to do is do an Americana soundtrack in the sense that we didn't want to do the kind of top-shelf. We wanted to make this music ourselves. And what I mean by "ourselves" is we actually play it—me and Warren and a couple of musicians that we know, even though we don't know anything about bluegrass music or our bluegrass chops are pretty limited. And in that way we could get something that was very raw and brutal and punky, and that's what we were really aiming at rather than doing something that was more respectful of the genre.

We were determined to take these songs and do them in our own way. Lawless screened In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19 and received a nearly minute standing ovation. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grim, bloody, and utterly flawed, Lawless doesn't quite achieve the epic status it strains for, but it's too beautifully filmed and powerfully acted to dismiss.

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "If Lawless doesn't achieve the mythic dimensions of the truly great outlaw and gangster movies, it is a highly entertaining tale set in a vivid milieu, told with style and populated by a terrific ensemble. For those of us who are suckers for blood-soaked American crime sagas from that era, those merits will be plenty.

If you've seen even a handful of Tommy-gun movies, however, everything that happens here will feel preordained". As a serious film worthy of the Cannes Competition, Lawless tries to be flawless; as a movie, it's often listless—lifeless. Our heroes manage to ensnare the affections of preposterously exquisite young women, and the final flurry of self-adoring nostalgia is borderline-nauseating.

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Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave Lawless a B grade, writing: "Hardy's presence is compelling, but the film comes fully alive only when it turns bloody. At those moments, though, it has the kick of a mule.

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There's even a prologue and an epilogue, arty tropes signifying an attempt to make a Godfather -style epic out of these moonshine wars. Not happening.

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