Thursday, October 23, 2014

Below the Law

I really liked Hillcoat's previous film THE PROPOSITION but LAWLESS felt a little scatter-shot with some key scenes just coming off as awkward and not dramatic. I didn't mind the infusion of music in a style reminiscent of the Coen Bros' O BROTHER, but unlike the Coens' snappy & expressive writing I had to turn on the subtitles to understand what was being said in LAWLESS, especially Tom Hardy. I love me some Hardy but he just grumbled and walked funny through this whole movie. (2012)Directed by John Hillcoat. With Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke. Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. #facebook

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