Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lawless (2012)

Cannes Film Festival 2012

Palme d'Or
John Hillcoat

The Weinstein Company
Directed by John Hillcoat
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Three brothers in Depression era Virginia run a bootlegging business. They clash with a new police deputy assigned to wipe out the bootleggers by any means necessary. Sadistically violent film revels in explicit gore and torture. Characters are little more than caricatures, most notably Jessica Chastain who was little to nothing to do other than be the girlfriend of one of the brothers. Anachronistic soundtrack ruins the otherwise good period detail, one of the film's few virtues.

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