Lawless

(R) ★★☆☆☆

This bootlegging drama should be excellent, but it’s not. The Bondurant brothers run a hooch operation during Prohibition. While the youngest, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), leads and narrates, the reason to see the picture is the gruff leader, Forrest (Tom Hardy). Unfortunately for these family men, the law comes down in the form of a greasy-weasel special agent played by Guy Pearce. While the crack cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and even Gary Oldman, the drama remains bland and the violence is just over the top.

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