Lawless is a prohibition era gangster biopic about three brothers from
. Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) is
the youngest of the brothers and lacks the courage, strength or attitude to
violence that his older brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clark) possess.
Forrest especially is a sort of Clint Eastwood figure; strong, silent and
deadly. All three are involved in the moonshine business but their trade comes
under threat when a new Special Deputy (Guy Pearce) arrives from Virginia to put a halt to
their operations. Chicago
The film shares traits with Director John Hillcoat’s previous film The Proposition. Both focus on brothers outside the law in semi-desolate locations who must battle across a thin line between right and wrong against corrupt officials. The visually stunning but run down locations and decaying beauty also help bring to mind Hillcoat’s The Road. This film though is more of a coming of age story as young Jack Bondurant fights for respect from his brothers and the gangster who inhabit his world. It is also a tale that blurs the lines between good and evil, right and wrong with the Bondurant boys becoming anti heroes who the audience will be routing for from start to finish.