THE KRAYS: DEAD MAN WALKING
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.