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Tom Hardy is dou­bly mes­meris­ing in the dual roles of East End gang­ster twins Reg­gie and

Ron­nie Kray in this brazen crime biopic. The film takes an unashamedly mythic ap­proach to the broth­ers’ ex­ploits as they blaze their way across Swing­ing Six­ties Lon­don, which is fine when it comes to show­ing the Krays carv­ing out their un­der­world ter­ri­tory, but less suc­cess­ful when it comes to con­vey­ing what made them tick. Still, Hardy is ter­rific, whether con­vey­ing the slick Reg­gie’s ‘gang­ster prince’ swag­ger or the psy­cho­pathic Ron­nie’s me­nac­ing volatil­ity.

His head-turn­ing per­for­mances are so good, in fact, that it’s easy to for­get the gim­micky cast­ing and cam­era trick­ery and sim­ply en­joy the act­ing fire­works.

Dir: Brian Hel­ge­land 2015, 18, 155min

Dou­ble trou­ble: Hardy is Ron­nie

and Reg­gie

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