Reviewed by Aaron M.
The movie is a true to life story of the Bondurant brothers. The brothers made a living as small time bootleggers during the Prohibition-era in Franklin County, Virginia. It stars Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant, Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant, Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant, Jessica Chastain as Maggie Bondurant, Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner and Guy Pierce as Charley Rakes.
The Bondurant brothers have a monopoly of bootlegging in the area until Charlie Rakes, a corrupt law officer and Floyd Banner a cold blooded gangster from Chicago decided wanted a piece of the pie which causes a very brutal turf war. This expanded the brother’s area of business but it jeopardized their sound footing. The war started when Floyd Banner shoot one of the brother’s competitors dead with a Tommy Gun.
Hot-headed Forrest is not intimidated by the attempted shakedown by the corrupt officer and threatened to kill the corrupt cop with a meat cleaver should the cop ever set foot on their premises again.
The storyline of the movie is nothing original about Prohibition era stories. It is not only not original but also has very thin substance and also not interesting at all. The story is really very basic for a story that took place during the Prohibition period.
Shia LeBeouf and Jason Clarke are excellent in their roles as two of the three brothers. The other actors are not really that great.