When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes
When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes
D: John Hillcoat
The Weinstein Company/Film Nation/Red Wagon/Annapurna/Revolt (Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, Megan Ellison & Michael Benaroya)
US 2012
115 mins


W: Nick Cave [based on the book "The Wettest County In The World" by Matt Bondurant]
DP: Benoit Delhomme
Ed: Dylan Tichenor
Mus: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Tom Hardy (Forrest Bondurant), Shia LaBeouf (Jack Bondurant), Jessica Chastain (Maggie Beauford) Guy Pearce (Deputy Charley Rakes), Gary Oldman (Floyd Banner), Mia Wasikowska (Bertha Minnix), Jason Clarke (Howard Bondurant)

I was quite disappointed with this. Supposedly based on a true story of a family of bootleggers in a small Hicksville community, but it's clearly legend. The outlaws are heroes, the cops are the bad guys and it's unclear who exactly we're supposed to root for.
Tom Hardy does little except grunt, mumble and smoke cigars before delivering one poignant, insightful line of dialogue before he goes back to grunting & mumbling (he seems to quit smoking in the second half of the movie).  Shia LaBeouf is not quite annoying as usual, but I still don't like him and I have no idea how the hell Mia Wasikowska managed to get so much work. She can't even drink from a bottle convincingly.
Of the good points; the Nick Cave penned songs are good, the movie caught the period right (though it's a shame about all the Coca-Cola product placement) and Gary Oldman & Guy Pearce both deliver superb portrayals of lazily-written characters.
I wanted to like this more, but an above average movie at best, its only purpose is glorifying gangster culture during the great depression.