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by Tony Medley
This is a
brilliantly made movie, written by Nick Cave and directed by his friend,
John Hillcoat, based on the 2008 book The Wettest County In The World
by Matt Bondurant. It is the fictionalized account of Bondurant's
family, the Bondurant brothers (his grandfather Jack and Jack's two
brothers), three bootlegging brothers operating in Virginia during
It's sort of
told through the eyes of the youngest brother, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), who
starts out as a kind of na´f, but slowly develops into an equal with his
brothers. Although brother Howard (Jason Clarke) is the oldest, it's
middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) who runs the business, acting as both
matriarch and patriarch of the family.
Hardy gives a memorable,
Oscar«-quality performance, one that will redound in my memory for a
about the movie is not only the acting, but the evocative creation of
life in Franklin County, Virginia at the time. A period piece depends a
lot on the recreation of the time period involved, and this
In addition to
the three principals, the film is bubbling over with wonderful
performances by Guy Pearce, who plays the really bad guy Special Deputy
Charlie Rakes, Gary Oldman as a Chicago gangster, Jessica Chastain, who
develops a special relationship with Forrest, and Mia Wasikowska, who
plays Bertha, the chaste daughter of the local preacher who catches the
eye of Jack.
aside is that LaBeouf was the one who sent the script to Hardy that got
him interested in the movie. LaBeouf had met Hardy after writing him a
fan letter, complimenting him on his performance in Bronson
(2008). They struck up a friendship and started sending each other
scripts. I was captivated by all the performances but Hardy's stood out
from all the others as the strong, silent guy who has a reputation as
Everyone in the
movie is an outlaw, the good guys, the Bondurants, and the cops, led by
Charlie Rakes. In portraying a truly hateful person, Pearce gives a
performance almost on a par with Hardy's. He plays it in a way that
makes him larger than life, but he never becomes so over-the-top evil
that he's unbelievable or camp.
The film is
pretty violent and that could cause some to find it troubling. But this
was a tough time in America (Al Capone and the mob were creating their
violence in Chicago and New York and elsewhere), and that's what the
movie is about, so you know what you're going to get when you buy your
presents the story is a way that kept me glued to my seat. You might
want to turn away occasionally, but you definitely don't want to leave.
It's rare that you see a film in which the acting and directing are so
good that they almost surpass the story you're watching. This is one of
August 29, 2012.