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Lawless: Blu Ray Review

Rating: M
Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment

Based on a historical true story, Lawless stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBoeuf, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska.

It's the story of the Bondurant brothers, who sold moonshine in Virginia County during the Prohibition era of the 1930s.

When Shia LaBoeuf's youngest Jack decides it's time to step up with the business, it coincides with the arrival of cruel Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (a mean Guy Pearce) who's determined to crack down on the illegal trade. These two events set in motion an escalating war between the two sides...

Grim and bloody, Lawless is a warts and all portrayal of the fight between good and bad during Prohibition. It doesn't flinch away from the realities of outlaw life and it's what you'd expect from director John Hillcoat, who directed the Proposition and The Road. At times, bleak and lacking a little full character development, it's nevertheless an engrossing watch which culminates in a shocking showdown.

Life under the Prohibition era has never been more unflinching or as grimly presented - but Lawless is a compelling film which deserves some of your time.

Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, true story documentary and music video