Picks and Pans Review: Sons of Anarchy

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

FX, Sept. 3, 10 p.m ET

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With a gun-running motorcycle gang as its subject, this impressively unpleasant drama kicks up a cloud of dust, dirt, blood and death. It's not much fun, but it has its own ugly integrity. Charlie Hunnam plays Jackson "Jax" Teller, a kid in line to become the leader of the Sons of Anarchy—it was founded by his late father—who thinks the gang should avoid murky illegal business. He's something of a noble princeling, only in a black T-shirt. Everything else is explosions, tattoes and Drea de Matteo, who is convincingly, pathetically messed up as Jax's drug-addict ex-wife.

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