A solid, well constructed gangster movie, and not much more. Tom Hardy is excellent once again, and convinces me of his talent with a number of great performances over the past years. I also found the fact the film could not manage to decide what i wanted to be quite off putting. I feel it was shooting for something more epic, long lasting than it managed.
One hell of an anti-drug war film, portraying lawbreakers as family men, wive protectors, rebels, and the cops as tough as shit superiority complex machines. "Legend" and "immortality" taken into dubious consideration, what Hillcoat's showing here is a hope for the drug war now--that the damaged communities find their fellows within the law, and end tyranny.
I do NOT understand all the mixed to bad reviews I'm reading for this. It's not a masterpiece or as good as "The Proposition" but this was a good movie! Great cinematography. Labouf isn't too distracting. Pearce chews some mean scenery. Tom Hardy does what he does. Too little Gary Oldman though but a fun genre exercise in a western/gangster film mashup. Maybe I'm just easy to please with this kind of movie.
Jessica Chastain topless was enough to get me to go see it but honestly I thought this film was very good. All of the acting is amazing (Shia was just OK) especially Hardy and Pearce. That's the real reason to see this film, the absolutely incredible cast. I really liked Hardy's incredibly badass character and a lot of the violence/action was pretty fun. Very entertaining, well shot, I thought this was a good film.
This film is outstanding. Why compare this to The Proposition? Sure it has similar players, but it is very evident that Hillcoat has grown - quite a bit. Beautiful cinematography, incredible performances, hyper-realistic violence, and great stories of love and redemption on the side. Perhaps The Proposition's austerity and bleakness was more refreshing, but this is still a great work of a heavy-handed filmmaker.
This is a weird fucking movie. I like it for that reason, because it seems like someone tried to tell these boys to get their act together and fall in love and be normal and they resist it at every turn.