Legend (2015)

Legend (2015)

Legend (2015)

Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy play identical twin gangsters, the Kray brothers, in this true crime drama taking place in 1950s/60s London. From the Academy Award-winning writer of L.A. Confidential.

The Kray twins, and their gang 'The Firm', were East London's most feared and infamous organised crime figures. Mixing in with a world of glamour (their nightclubs entertained Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland amongst others), they became celebrities themselves - all while running a syndicate of armed robberies, protection rackets and murder.

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language131 minsUK
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

More curious footnote than gangster classic, Brian Helgeland’s Legend is a shapeless, tonally confused mélange that lives and dies on Tom Hardy’s socko dual turn as Ronald and Reginald Kray, a pair of identical twin brothers who terrorised London in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Peter Medak’s 1990 film The Krays previously took a chilling stab at their story, but Helgeland’s take is altogether sleeker, flashier and more glamorised, tapping into the mythic celebrity image they created for themselves and pandering to a certain peculiar nostalgia.

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Variety

Variety

Offers little insight into what made either of these contrasting psychopaths tick, or finally explode.

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Total Film

Total Film

It’s flawed, yes, but it’s also swaggeringly cinematic. And it has Tom Hardy vs Tom Hardy.

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Time Out

Time Out

Much more than a gimmick, it’s like watching one side of a mind wrestle with the other – literally, in one explosive, fun-to-unpick fight scene.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Screenwriter-turned-director Helgeland has a light touch, leavening the ultra-violence – and there are gory scenes – with a flair for absurdity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Tonally incoherent, vacuous and structurally a bleedin' mess.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Hardy is astonishing and magnetic in two truly towering performances.

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