Posted by: greercn | September 3, 2012


This extraordinary tale of America’s prohibition era bootleggers combines a superb 1930s feel with the drama of a Western.

John Hillcoat’s direction keeps the whole humming along and the soundtrack by Nick Cave works incredibly well, enhancing the action and emphasizing the stories of the characters. It’s powerful rhythmic punctuation. 

The Bondurant brothers are successful makers of illegal hooch and new lawmen are coming to town to close their activities down. Based on a true story, everything feels very real here.

Truly graphic violence means you’ll need a strong stomach. This gripping tale is worth handling that. As the old saying goes, it’s essential to the plot.

With so many extraordinary performances, it’s hard to single anyone out, but Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce are all just terrific.

Dane DeHaan, Mia Wasikovska, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman all play key roles. Nick Cave has a small but compelling part too.

I saw it at the Westfield Stratford City Vue as part of a free set of previews for members of ShowFilmFirst.

Picturehouse also had a set of free screenings for members and it will be shown everywhere.

Both Mark, my friend who came with me, and I really liked and enjoyed the movie.

Do go see it. It’s my must see film of the late summer.


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