Edelstein on Lawless: A Standard Revenge Film Played at Half-Speed

Although it's shot in lovely, dusty shades of brown with splashes of Coca-Cola red, John Hillcoat’s Lawless is dead weight: listlessly classical and then bludgeoning. The bootlegger folk heroes are members of a Franklin County, Virginia, clan led by the beefy Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy), whose wide-eyed younger brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) narrates and gets gruesomely beaten by the villain — corrupt Special Deputy Charles Rakes, played (appallingly) by Guy Pearce as a dandified bloodsucker and sexual pervert. When Pearce and Hardy face off, the film becomes Bad Day at Petticoat Junction: Uncle Joe Versus Dracula. Read More...



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