• 18
  • John Hillcoat (2012)
  • US
  • 110 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

During Prohibition, in the backwoods of Virginia, a family of bootleggers led by an imposing Tom Hardy are pitted against the combined might of county sheriffs, including Guy Pearce's ruthless special deputy. The outcome is very bloody, as one might expect from director John Hillcoat, who made the similarly themed The Proposition. Shia LaBeouf more than holds his own as the least brawny of the moonshine-pedalling brothers, the period detail is painstaking, it's beautifully photographed, and there's a swampy, rootsy score by Nick Cave (who also wrote the screenplay). It's a great shame then, that the storytelling is so muddled, extracting only moderate impact from the escalating mayhem. Ultimately, the film stumbles on clarity, only finding impetus in scenes of down 'n' dirty confrontation between the stars. Hardy is a fierce antihero, well matched against the manic, leather-gloved Pearce, but Hillcoat can't quite bring order to the chaos.

Plot Summary

Period crime drama, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. In Virginia during the Prohibition, the Bondurant brothers run a lucrative distillery and bootlegging business. But when a corrupt district attorney and another gang want to muscle in on the act, they have to fight to protect their empire.

Cast and crew


Jack Bondurant
Shia LaBeouf
Forrest Bondurant
Tom Hardy
Howard Bondurant
Jason Clarke (2)
Charley Rakes
Guy Pearce
Maggie Beauford
Jessica Chastain
Bertha Minnix
Mia Wasikowska
Cricket Pate
Dane DeHaan
Chris McGarry
Floyd Banner
Gary Oldman
Gummy Walsh
Noah Taylor
Deputy Henry Abshire
Lew Temple


John Hillcoat

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Sep 2012
Certificate 18