Last night, I went to see the movie Lawless. It was pretty good.
The movie follows three brothers who run a moonshine bootlegging business during prohibition. They are met with opposition from a crooked deputy who is after a cut of the profits. This guy is pretty ruthless, and he's not afraid to use violence to get his way. He's so bad that the sheriff is pretty afraid of him. This guy has his own cronies, who stop at nothing to scare all the bootlegger in town to give him a share, or else.
But the three Bondurant brothers don't give in to the deputy's threats. This obviously brings them a lot of trouble. The deputy comes to their house and gives Shia LaBeouf's character Jack a good face rearrangement, with the butt of his shotgun.
The film is based on the novel 'The Wettest County in the World' by Matt Bondurant. The story is based on Bondurant's grandfather and granduncle's exploits. Whether it's true or not is harder to say. ~IMDB
I'll probably give the book a try. I'm not much of a reader, but I do like to get the most out of the stories I like. This story definitely held my interest. It had an antagonist you believe is pure evil, and you definitely want the brothers to come out on top. There is a great balance of action and drama, and it has a happy ending.
If I have to compare it to another movie, I would say it is like "Legend of the Fall", but not nearly as long or as boring.
If you're into this kind of movie, I recommend you see it, but it's not for everyone.
For more details, check out the IMDB page here.