Marshal Charley Rakes, accompanied by the Virginia state's attorney Mason Wardell, the sheriff, and the sheriff's deputy. And in that way we could get something that was very raw and brutal and punky, and that's what we were really aiming at rather than doing something that was more respectful of the genre. It was then being financed by Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and of Annapurna Pictures. This is a great movie to watch. A convoy of bootleggers arrive and hold the law-enforcers at gunpoint.
Since he is unable to run far, the badly wounded Jack and Howard chase after him and execute him together. Not for the squeamish but an accurate history. Jack speeds off in Cricket's car to confront Rakes. Hillcoat and screenwriter , who had worked together on the Western film 2005 , were attracted to the story by the success of the Bondurants. The plot is simple but easy to follow. I give it four stars, not five, due to the dark nature of the story which at times was hard to watch. There's a legend about the brothers being indestructible: The oldest, Howard , was the only soldier to return from his unit in the war, middle brother Forrest survived a bout with the deadly Spanish Flu, and baby brother Jack wants to be a bigger player in the family business.
If you want superb acting, this is it. Where there is a buck to be made, however, there are outsiders who want a piece of the action and they come in the form of a Chicago gangster Gary Oldman and a sadistic U. The police take Bertha home but leave Cricket to Rakes, who murders him. The film stars , , , , , , and. Jack continues to court Bertha.
And what a trio of brothers Hillcoat has cast: LaBeouf may be the top-billed star, but it's really Hardy's Forrest who's the brains of the Bondurant operation Jack being the heart and Howard the all-too-eager hands. Rakes ignores them and attempts to execute Forrest, but is shot in the leg by Sheriff Hodges in an attempt to halt the bloodshed. Hillcoat and Delhomme consulted with cinematographers and on. Does learning that this movie was based on real brothers make you want to learn more about them and the era of Prohibition? But the brothers' luck runs out when Charlie Rakes , a knavish Chicago special agent, lands in town and warns the brothers to pay their due to the corrupt powers that be. It's not a fun, feelgood story though.
The women of the drama -- as Bertha, the beautiful but religious girl Jack fancies, and as Maggie, a former city girl with an irresistible attraction to the quietly fierce Forrest -- are fantastic but among several underdeveloped characters. Written by Lawless was extremely well filmed, looked great and stayed true to year it was set in. Bootleg whiskey for generations was the county's primary industry and there was a gentleman's agreement between the manufacturers of moonshine and law enforcement that kept the business thriving. Our heroes manage to ensnare the affections of preposterously exquisite young women, and the final flurry of self-adoring nostalgia is borderline-nauseating. Shia LaBeouf, whose previous work I have not been a fan of, was actually rather good as the junior Bondurant who is eager to prove himself, but is callow and unsure of himself. Cave said What we didn't want to do is do an Americana soundtrack in the sense that we didn't want to do the kind of top-shelf.
The standout performances here would probably be Hardy and Pearce. The cast was strong and all delivered good performances, especially Tom Hardy, who once again showed how much of a versatile actor he is. They develop a romantic relationship. However, sometimes the Moonshiners did resort to violence and there were lawmen who were corrupt and on the take. However it is not over the top.
The film was theatrically released in the U. We were determined to take these songs and do them in our own way. Banner reveals to Jack the address of his brother's assailants, who were previous employees of his and currently work for Rakes. He attends their church service drunk, embarrassing himself but piquing her interest. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities.
Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. A frightened and young-looking woman sits naked on a menacing man's bed. Which has more impact, and why? It was good but I wouldn't watch it again. Meanwhile, Jack lusts after Bertha, daughter of the local preacher. Originally titled The Wettest County in The World like the book, the film's title was changed to The Promised Land.