Lawless Saturday, 11 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    Top-shelf distillation of Matt Bondurant's viscous novel.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Gary Oldman, Noah Taylor, Tim Tolin, Lew Temple, Marcus Hester, Bill Camp

  • Directed by:

    John Hillcoat

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)


    An animal is shot (off-camera). Many people are shot at close and mid-ranges with handguns, machine guns, submachine guns and rifles. People are stabbed, punched, kicked, beaten, gang-raped (implied), hit with knuckle-dusters, butt-whipped, threatened, wrestled, thrown down stairs, dragged unconscious, pushed into an open grave, hit with objects, castrated, tarred & feathered, slapped, involved in shootouts. A man's throat is cut (in close-up), a man's neck is snapped. A man punches a law enforcement officer, forces gasoline hose into his mouth. Vehicles are shot at, crashed, sabotaged. Kids play and pose with machine guns. Smashed glass. Boot catches fire, building explodes. A battalion drowned at sea, Spanish Flu deaths mentioned. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Bullet-ridden corpses. Lots of blood on faces, bodies, clothing, objects, spilled on ground. Spitting blood. Bruising, grazes, scratches, burst blood vessel in eye, bandage, stitches. A corpse in a coffin is fed beer and a cigarette at a funeral. Severed testicles.


    A woman climbs atop a man beneath the sheets. A woman is gang-raped (implied). A man drunkenly fondles a woman. Burlesque dancing mentioned. Kissing. Nudity: Two fully nude women (some nudity obscured). Lingerie. Topless woman.


    Alcohol (moonshine, spirits, beer), drunken behaviour. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes), chewing tobacco.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, slang for genitalia. Name-calling, insults. Cultural, ethnic, racial and gender stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.


    Family history, bootlegging, prohibition, moonshine, corruption, gangsters, mobsters, 1920s Virgina, racial segregation, outlaws, brothers, justice, revenge, murder, invincibility.


    Church, hospital, burial and funeral settings, rickets. Horses, chickens, birds, fawn. Spitting, feet-washing, campfire, taxidermy (fowl), dust storm, welding sparks. Cooking steak.


    Explosive action and gun sequences. Impressive performances, taut script, potent atmosphere, steady pace, handsome visuals.


    Exceptional talents are underused. Slightly overlong. Generic, unimaginative.

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