Lawless | Chicago Reader


Rated R 115 minutes 2012

John Hillcoat burst onto American screens with his Australian spaghetti western The Proposition (2005), directing a screenplay by rocker Nick Cave, then graduated to a bleak and punishing "prestige" adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. He returns to more familiar terrain with this movie version of The Wettest County in the World, Matt Bondurant's fact-based novel about his grandfather's exploits as a Virginia bootlegger; like The Proposition, it's a period drama about three brothers that was scripted by Cave, though in contrast to the sunburned archetypes of the earlier movie, the siblings in this one (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke) aren't terribly well defined. Fans of The Proposition will have to settle for sublimely evil performances by Gary Oldman (as a murderous rival) and Guy Pearce (as a government agent) and a large quotient of gut-wrenching violence.

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Director: John Hillcoat

Producer: Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Megan Ellison, Michael Benaroya, Dany Wolf, Rachel Shane, Jason Blum, Scott Hanson, Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, Robert Barnum, Ted Schipper, Randy Manis and Ben Sachs

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Chris McGarry, Tim Tolin, Gary Oldman, Lew Temple, Marcus Hester, Bill Camp, Alex Van and Noah Taylor



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