An apt title for a biopic about Ron and Reg Kray, depicting the twins’ rise, and ultimately their fall, through London’s criminal underworld. The film was adapted from a book by John Pearson, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, a biography originally released in 1972.
Tom Hardy played both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the movie, which won him the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. Other notable cast members include Emily Browning as Frances Shea, Chazz Palminteri as Angelo Bruno, Christopher Eccleston as Nipper Read, and Taron Egerton as Teddy Smith.
Legend is based on the true story of London gangsters the Kray twins. It charts their rise, fall and the infamy that followed them in the 1960s, It covers a lot of ground, from the time they spent boxing in their younger days, through Ronnie’s stays at a psychiatric hospital for paranoid schizophrenia, and right up to their final arrests for murder.
Though it’s based on their biography, there has been some artistic licence taken and the movie seems slightly polished when compared to previous films based on the Krays. However, the amazing acting prowess of Tom Hardy makes this movie a must-see.
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