Peanuts and Popcorn

Bootlegging Brothers Mixing up Trouble

InLawless, an explosively feisty flick set in prohibition 1930s Virginia, three notorious brothers run their own moonshine bootlegging business. It’s a lower class operation compared to the established gangsters of the area, and by established I mean that they wear nice suits and open machine guns in broad daylight. They have power, and they also control the fear, which is a lethal combination to have, especially in the wooded, main road town in which the film takes place.

These are all set pieces, cliched parts to the outdoor gangster film, filled stock full with standard shootouts and conventional characters. But Lawlessdirected by John Hillcoat and written by Nick Cave,  and based off Matt Bondurant‘s real-life novel, blends them together with surprising grit and passion. Bondurant tells his family story, a tale of three brothers, bootlegging their way through violent competetion and…

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