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Better Dead than Red: Lawless Redband Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 22, 2012 | Comments ()


TK posted the first trailer for Lawless back in April, noting that Shia LaBeouf was being surprisingly unLaBeoushy, and Guy Pearce seemed to be playing against type. From this new trailer at least, Pearce seems like he's teetering on a toned down version of the characters that Christopher Walken has played for the last few decades.

Here's the red band trailer, which is just red band enough that you shouldn't watch it at work, and just not deserving enough of it to disappoint you if that's what you really came to watch.

It's funny because we've seen this movie a dozen times before. We have a basic idea of the plot, of the emotional beats it will go through. It might go back to that old adage about how there are only really seven stories (or however many it is, I recall that it varies), that we just tell over and over again. When a mediocre storyteller tells the same story, we feel like we've seen it before and are bored. But when a great one dabbles, we still feel like we've seen it before, but there's a familiarity to the experience, like running your hands over the baseball glove you've had since t-ball. This movie feels more like the second case so far.

The other good thing about the film is that when I searched for "Lawless" on Google images in order to find a header picture for this post, the third result was a still of Xena photoshopped so she was holding a lightsaber. So you know, it's got that going for it.

Here's the obligatory plot summary:

LAWLESS is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County in the World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.

I want to live in a world where instead of every movie trailer printing the words "based on a true story" they print "based on a novel." If a film is based on a novel, I automatically bump it up 3.7 points on my mental anticipation. And I want the world to be a place where everyone puts that sort of weight on the written word.

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  • Dragonchild

    (deep trailer voice)
    A young girl leaves behind all that she knows and moves to a small, quiet town. A boy wrestles with his past, his heritage and the fact that he sparkles in broad daylight. Based on a novel. . . "Twilight".

    . . . just sayin'.

  • winged chorus

    Oh, Gary Oldman. I recently re-defined my life goals, cutting out all that 'rewarding career', 'financially secure future' & 'friends and family' hooha, and just sticking to the essentials: watching every Gary Oldman movie ever made.

  • Purplejebus

    My step dad is a descendant of these folk. He owns a trucking company today. Could be worse. Could own a Nascar team.

  • linnyloo

    I'm reminded of Shia LaBeaouf the Cannibal... in a good way.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Y'all know I'm excited!

  • Ted Zancha

    I am so conflicted when it comes to this movie. It sounds like a great idea and I am stoked to see Tom Hardy as a cowboy. But man is LaBeouf is a douche bag. All he does is yell or look bored in his movies.

  • Mrcreosote

    There's only one story told over and over and it always starts the same way "Dear Penthouse, I go to a small Midwestern college and I never thought these stories were real..."

  • Mrs. Julien

    and have them defy gravity.

  • BWeaves

    IN A WORLD . . .

  • blorft

    I saw a screening of this; it was solidly entertaining, and this isn't my go-to genre. So I would recommend it.

    There was also a Q&A with the author of the book, and the movie IS based on a novel, because there wasn't enough documentation of the people involved to write any actual nonfiction. But every movie blurb has to say "based on a true story" because I don't know why. They were real people, though, so that's interesting.

  • luthien26

    Is Alfie Allen also in this? After his work this past season of Game of Thrones, I'm hoping he gets some more recognition - he's good!

  • Snath

    Xena with a lightsaber would still lose to Batman.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Xena with a lightsaber would only lose to The Hulk. She would eat Batman for breakfast with a side of Bane.

  • hapl0

    Let me guess, everyone dies at the end. dum, dum, dum...

    Can't wait for Shia to realize that he was not that much better than Malcolm after all.

    I'd give my right nut to watch this on opening night had that been Jessica 'Swoon' Chastain's right boob.

  • Dragonchild

    "Let me guess, everyone dies at the end."

    Oh, but it's that angstalicious tragedy that allows us to empathize with the characters. If anyone actually survives, then it'd be unrealistic!

  • hapl0

    I detect a hint of sarcasm here.

  • Nimue

    Basically all you have to say to me is Tom Hardy and I'm there. Luckily this also looks like a very good movie.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    It's hilariously sad how many movies (good and bad) I am and will be seeing because of the Hardy reason.

  • Holy cow I can't believe I'm literally salivating over a movie with Shia la Douche in the cast. But I am. Because I would endure the tortures of hell just on the off chance I get to see Tom Hardy simulate sex with someone. Anyone. Or smoke a cigar or lick a stamp. Guy Pearce! Gary Oldman! Holy shit this is gonna be good.

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