Shia LeBouf plays one of three bootlegging brothers who clash with the law in the John Hillcoat-directed film “Lawless.” The movie is all about blood and whiskey in Depression-era Virginia.
The Bondurant brothers, Forrest, Howard and Jack, played by Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke and LeBouf, respectively are the biggest illegal whiskey makers in Franklin county.
If that’s not trouble enough, they also have to contend with a ruthless gangster (Gary Oldman) and a crooked sheriff, (Guy Pierce), who team up to do the boys harm.
Mia Wasikowska plays Bertha Minnix, a preacher’s daughter who falls for Jack. Jessica Chastain is Maggie, who’s hot for Forrest.
“I know who you are,” says Bertha, when Jack tries to put the moves on her. “One of them Bondurant boys. My daddy says you boys are the worst thing to ever hit Franklin.”
Indeed they are. They’re fist-fighting, gun-toting hillbilly Al Capones. Things get ugly and folks start turning up dead, when they bring in a special investigator to break up the ring. But he wants a piece of the action.
“I’m a Bondurant,” says Forrest. “We don’t lay down for nobody.” But when one Bondurant is laid out Godfather-style by a Thompson sub-machine gun all hell breaks loose.
The movie is based on a true story written by Matt Bondurant called “The Wettest County in the World.”
After premiering at the Cannes in May, the film will go into wide release in August. Check out the trailer below.