RELEASE DATE: 15/10/2015
RUN TIME: 2HR 11MIN
In the 1960s, identical twins Ronald and Reggie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy) ruled East London. Dealing in everything from armed robberies, security details and murder, the pair only spent short stints in jail, protected by intimidation, secrets and the cover of legitimate businesses as club owners. Ron was a charismatic, compassionate (in his own way) man who wanted to go straight but the pull of gangster life was always too string a calling. Ron, however, was an erratic, paranoid schizophrenic with a penchant for boys and extreme violence. Despite their differences the brothers' loyalty to each other was overwhelming and eventually became their undoing.
Narrated by Reggie’s wife Frances (Emily Browning), she’s a constant source of exposition, as there is no real story here. They only thing driving this 131 minutes forward is time.
Hardy is impressive - as always - once again providing a masterclass in acting, creating two very distinct characters - it’s just a shame that from a cinematic standpoint, we’ve seen the "double duty" thing before when Armie Hammer played the Winklevoss twins in ‘The Social Network’. The Krays are fascinating people and this film had the opportunity to pack real punch, but unfortunately its focus is off and details are askew. Too much time is spent telling us of events offscreen and relationship details and emotions not properly conveyed onscreen due to a script filled with misfires.
Hardy is impressive - as always - once again providing a masterclass in acting.
If you’re a Hardy fan - and let’s face it, who isn’t? - his performance(s) are worth the price of admission alone, but if you’re looking for a good old-fashioned gangster flick with gun fights, backstabbing, crooked cops, espionage and more of the good stuff, you’ll best find it somewhere else.