A film by Brian Helgeland
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton
Based on John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, “Legend” chronicles British mobsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray ( both played by Tom Hardy) during their rise and eventual downfall in the 1960s. It is a look at at Reggie’s life evolving into a powerful presence in the gangster community and managing the psychopathic behavior of his brother Ronnie. Not an easy thing too.
Tom Hardy here is an impressive actor who manages to play both characters as I watched him over the years he has grown into this character actor who has a great presence on-screen. I remember him playing in Bronson and impressed every one with this awesome performance. Here is an interesting thing Bronson and Reggie knew each other in prison. Here Hardy plays both brothers one is Reggie who is calm, polite, can switch into a violent rage within second no surprise there after all he is a gangster. In the father hand you have Reggie’s brother Ronald who has a schizophrenic behavior and extreme openness to his homosexuality makes him an unpredictable loose cannon. There is quite a great scenes in this film where both of them fight at the casino the they owned a very well choreograph fighting scene I might add. The thing is are twin brother who are gangsters and takes on London in the 60’s are even doing business with the American mob. Everything was going smoothly as possible and they were making money until it all came down. Even Frances played wonderfully well by Emily Browning said at one time it is going to come down, she even tried to get Reggie to go straight but even that fell through. Here is a film worth a look with a terrific performance by Tom Hardy.