Lawless (2012)

Filed under : action, historical, review

Recently, I had the chance to see this movie. Unfortunately, I missed it when it first came out. Being that I enjoy historical films, I was really looking forward to this one based on a true story. To say the least, it did not disappoint.

The focus of this film was really on the main family, the Bondurant brothers, who ran a successful moonshine business during the days of Prohibition. Their business was very local as they serviced the whole community.

Like all good things, there were outsiders who wanted a piece of their profits including gangsters and corrupt federal government officials. However, the Bondurant brothers stood their ground refusing to give in. Unfortunately, this caused a lot of conflict and grief for them and their business.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I was amazed by how one of the main characters had survived so many gunshot wounds. I was astonished this character had survived through it all!)

What happened afterwards became a whirlwind of violent and sorrowful events — blood was shed and lives were lost. Their empire soon became extremely valuable and wanted by everyone. And, so — it was destroyed by greed and like all good things it came to an end.

This movie is not about Prohibition and is not about gangsters. It is about a family trying to survive during the time of Prohibition to put food on the table and not wanting to cause trouble and attention. Unfortunately, their success lead to their downfall due to greed and corruption.

(Note: For those who are history buffs, it’s interesting to note the foreshadowing of government corruption during that time period and the start of the labor union movement.)

Overall, I enjoyed the film. There were a lot of twists and turns — it kept my attention the whole time.

If you’re in the mood for a historical and action type movie, you may want to check this one out.

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Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who saw the film, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

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