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Lawless

Release Date: 
08/29/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: R
Star Rating: 
5 out of 10

Not bad, but we’ll stick to our DVD of The Untouchables

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The Pitch: A group of bootlegging brothers (Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf) face off with a sadistic lawman (Guy Pearce) in Prohibition era Virginia.

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What It Really Is: An uneven movie. Lawless has a great cast and some great moments, but it often feels aimless and borderline dull. Part of the problem is its Drive-esque approach to violence — the movie goes for shock value by throwing random spurts of gore in between quiet scenes, but, unlike in Drive, those calmer moments have a hard time holding your attention. That said, Lawless is shot really well and makes excellent use of Tom Hardy, so it’s got that going for it.

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A Script Note: As much as we love Gary Oldman (and trust us, it’s a whole lot), they could have easily cut his character in favor of focusing the storyline a little more. But we’d be more than fine with an Oldman spin-off, because Gangster Gary deserves his own movie.

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Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “LaBeouf, Hardy and Clarke lay down the law in this awesome crime drama!” —Maxim.com

Who’s It For: Moonshine enthusiasts, guys desperately hoping severe hair parts will come back in style, people who thought Bane should’ve had a twang

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Studio: The Weinstein Company