Set in the 1920s prohibition era America, Lawless is the true story of the Bondurant brothers. Brazen and fearless, these young rural bootleggers became legendary criminals. The youngest brother, Jack (Shia LaBeouf) is ambitious and impulsive, the middle brother, Howard (Jason Clarke), is loyal but reckless and eldest brother, Forrest (Tom Hardy), leads the family with a silent determination. As the Bondurants' illicit business and legend grows, so too looms the danger of bigger fish, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences.
Very loosely based on an old picture of 3 mountain boy moonshiners.
Guy Pearce has to work hard to be a perverse special deputy to somehow give a good guys image to the violent bootleggers. Another sorry era in American history with the film boys attempting to create some nostalgia and empathy.
Violence and guns appears to be a strong vein running through all the past.