Heads up: there are no space aliens, cowboys or transformers in the following crime thriller/Western. Instead, Boardwalk Empire meets Deadwood in Lawless, the true story of Prohibition Era bootleggers the Bondurant Brothers, played by Tom Hardy and Shia LeDouche LeBeouf. Inspired by author Matt Bondurant’s familial crime novel “The Wettest County In The World,” the film also stars ubiquitously/ridiculously talented Australians Guy Pearce (soon to be seen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus) and Mia Wasikowsa (also soon to be seen in Madame Bovary, amongst other directorial projects), alongside the ethereal Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman, who takes the subtle instinct of his Oscar-nom’ed performance as Mr. Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and turns it into flat out killer instinct as the Thompson sub-machine gun wielding Floyd Banner.
Lawless has been directed by John Hilcoat, who also made the devastating adaptation of Cormac MacCarthy’s The Road, and is not to be confused with the other Lawless, Terrence Malick’s next film starring Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Wes Bentley and Christian Bale. *Goosebumps*
Making its debut as Cannes next month before release in late August, Lawless is sure to raise all kinds of important questions, like where have Guy Pearce’s eyebrows gone? Who cares? This looks awesome and has Oscar written all over it.