Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity, Running time 115 minutes, Crime/Drama/Western
Compare to: Shawshank Redemption (1994), Public Enemies (2009)
It hasn’t been long since we’ve last seen Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy show up and give us something worth paying attention to. Last month’s Dark Knight Rises seems headstrong in crossing the billion dollar mark, and now just over a month later, we have Lawless; a movie not as epic in scale but rival in quality. Its message is one that parallels 300 (2007) in many ways although the aesthetics, along with everything else, couldn’t be more different.
LaBeouf, whose last mainstream role was in 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon definitely takes a departure from the Hasbro trilogy’s massive explosions, punching robots, and super models and trades them all in for the simple life: mountains, moonshine, and shootouts. It is a much welcome change. Read more »