Gary Oldman is one of the stars of this movie, but he is wasted. He does have an awesome introduction scene though, but just wasted. I would have loved to see more Gary Oldman, but I guess the writers did not. Guy Pearce, another one of my favorites, was WAY over the top. He did have some moments though as the villain but he was just way over the top for me. As for the other characters I was able to really care for the other characters. Tom Hardy is always at his best, and Dane DeHaan really showed that he will become a big star someday with his small but convincing performance. There were a couple scenes where I became shocked a few times with what happened with the characters were put through.
The action in this movie was really well done. There were some very tense scenes that really got me into the movie. The last scene of this movie is one of the most tense scenes and one of the best shootouts I have seen in a really long time.
There were two love stories in this, one that I did not care for. Shia LaBeouf and Mia Wasikowska just wasn't a good loves story. It was the same stuff we have seen before in other movies. Really could have been thrown out and could have focused more of who Gary Oldman's character was.
But all in all, Lawless was what I wanted. A very good historic gangster film, that had characters I cared about and liked a lot. The action kept me tense and the last scene like I said was awesome. I would love to buy this movie and watch it again. 8/10