Tom Hardy takes on a dual role as Reggie and Ronnie Kray, ruthless identical twins who became celebrity gangsters in Swinging London before they were taken down by Scotland Yard in 1968. Onscreen for nearly the entire movie, but seldom as both men at once, Hardy never comes across like two rounded people, more like a single person with a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality: Reggie is the smooth, stable one, pursuing marriage with an East End lovely (Emily Browning) and trying to keep the brothers’ criminal operation on an even keel; Ronnie is the mumbling, bespectacled wacko, openly bisexual and prone to Scorsese-style outbursts of savage violence. American writer-director Brian Helgeland, following up on his impressive Jackie Robinson biopic 42, never seems quite at home in old Blighty, but he delivers a thorough, nicely paced treatment of the brothers' rise and fall. With David Thewlis and Chazz Palminteri, both first-rate.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis and Brian Oliver
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, Paul Bettany, Colin Morgan, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lord and Duffy