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A good look, some great acting, a nice premise, a great time period it is set in, this movie has it all. However one thing I can't say about this movie was that it was also doing a good job at getting me involved with its story.

I always like movies set in a specific time period in the past, especially when they have a great and detailed look to it, such as this movie does. This movie is set in the 1920's or 1930's and it does a good job at setting the right tone for it. It's definitely a movie with a good look to it and you could tell where most of the money went to, besides its actors.

It really as an all-star cast in it, with perhaps not the world's biggest actors but more the sort of actors who all are 'hot' at the moment and are on a good streak. I know it's easy to make fun of Shia LaBeouf but in all truth and honesty, this kid always had some real talent and potential in him. He didn't always made the right movie choices but with this movie he definitely shows his potential once more and even more than that; he shows he can carry a movie and play a convincing and demanding role in a more 'serious' and heavy movie. Also actors such as Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman show up, making this a real assemble piece, though in all truth, some of them show up for only about 5 minutes.

That perhaps should tell you something about its storytelling already. It isn't always focused and interesting enough. At times the pacing is off and its hard to tell whether the movie wanted to be a fun and entertaining gangster flick or a more serious and realistic one. It doesn't explore certain aspects well enough and pushes some things too much to the background at times. It was hard for me to every truly get into the movie.

It seems that the story just wasn't all that great and interesting enough, or perhaps it was written with a different style in mind. Either way, it doesn't make "Lawless" the best or most engaging movie to watch, though for most part it still remains a perfectly watchable movie. It remains a capably made- and well acted out movie, that was missing something to let it rise above the level of just average.

7/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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