Missing the Mark With Mumbling, Violence and Pokiness

Movies: ‘Lawless’

John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” is an uneven film about bootleggers in rural

Virginia during the Depression. Why uneven?

Well, for starters, let’s talk accents. Five of the stars are either English or

Australian —Tom Hardy as family head Forrest Bondurant; Guy Pearce as the splendidly creepy villain Charlie Rakes; Mia Wasikowska as Bertha, the shy daughter of the preacher; Jason Clarke (hard-drinking Howard Bondurant); and Gary Oldman (gangster Floyd Banner).

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