THE KRAYS: DEAD MAN WALK­ING

THUG LIFE

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - RE­LEASED OUT NOW DI­REC­TOR RICHARD JOHN TAY­LOR DIS­TRIB­U­TOR SONY PIC­TURES AVAIL­ABLE ON DVD Steve Wright

Straight- to- DVD films have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing rushed and cheap- look­ing, with poor spe­cial ef­fects and a slap­dash feel. They can blame the likes of The Krays: Dead Man Walk­ing for this. Telling the true story of how Kray as­so­ciate Frank ‘ The Mad Ax­e­man’ Mitchell ( Josh My­ers) was bro­ken out of prison by the broth­ers, only to prove too much trou­ble to han­dle, its lim­i­ta­tions quickly be­come ap­par­ent. Film­ing is re­stricted to a few lo­ca­tions, the ma­jor­ity of the cast ap­pear to be dressed in their reg­u­lar gear, and the nar­ra­tive me­an­ders away from Mitchell, fo­cus­ing on the Krays. The only per­for­mance of note is Marc Pick­er­ing as a frus­trated Reg­gie.

In a story where you’ll likely al­ready know the end­ing, be­ing given a rea­son to care is para­mount. Since Mitchell is pre­sented as a two- bit thug, prone to hair- trig­ger vi­o­lence, we never get this, and thus his in­evitable fate ul­ti­mately has no im­pact. Much like the rest of this film.

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