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Russ Says: ‘Lawless’ Should Be Nominated For Multiple Oscars

Mon, August 27, 2012 3:53pm EDT by Russ Weakland Add first Comment
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Is it Oscar season already? With the new film ‘Lawless’ hitting theaters August 29, it just might be! The films stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman who all shine in what is easily a top contender for the Academy Awards!

Based on a true story, ‘Lawless’ is an amazing gangster tale about the infamous Bondurant Brothers who ran their own business of moonshine and tempt to delve into a life of crime, corruption, loyalty and love. Its a brutal tale of a family trying their best to get through the days of prohibition. And if all things go as they should, the filmmakers should hear the infamous words, “And the Oscar goes too…”

With a monster cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain to name a few, ‘Lawless’ provides a riveting take on life where Tom Hardy‘s indestructible character and family leader Forrest Bondurant makes things very clear to all the families enemies that, “We control the fear, you understand? Without the fear, we are all good as dead.” That comment pretty much puts everyone on notice how life will be lived in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia.

Now I understand without providing many spoilers that Shia LaBeouf gets a bad rap from time to time but it is his performance that really carries the entire film. However you cut it, he is a great actor that proves his worth playing Jack Bondurant, the younger brother who has yet to prove himself to his brothers.

Shia has even mentioned his thoughts on the film saying, “The film is also about a family going through combustion They’re dealing with many problems all at once; meanwhile, the power balance is shifting from Forrest and Howard to Jack.”

And that power struggle is addressed splendidly by acclaimed director John Hillcoat who is known from his work on ‘The Road’ delivers a very unique tale of the American outlaw lifestyle. Simply put, see the film as its an amazing tale and rendition of a life we will never see again. Its a blast into a history that many once lived, and it makes you appreciate what you have now.

So when it comes to August and the movies that are often released, a good majority of the films that come out are not worth the price of admission. Thankfully ‘Lawless’ is making that common happening take a turn for the better. Get your tickets now and see ‘Lawless’ on August 29. You will not be disappointed!

So HollywoodLifers, If you are ready to be enthralled with a great cast, a great film with great performances then ‘Lawless’ is your film. Its a visceral gripping ride from beginning to end! And I would be shocked if it isn’t represented at all the award shows later this year! Its a must see!

Russ Weakland