“London in the 1960s. Everyone had a story about the Kray twins. Reggie was the gangster prince of the East End; Ron Kray was a one-man mob.”
Welcome to a double dose of Tom Hardy as gangster twins Ronald and Reginald “Reggie” Kray. Based on the real story of the Kray twins (but more specifically the book, Profession of Violence: Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson), Reggie tries to become the face of gangster business in London at a time when the city was booming, and also struggles to restrain his brother’s violence and mental issues.
The trailer makes explicit reference to Ronnie Kray’s homosexuality, his psychopathic tendencies, and his violence—all things that made the real Kray brothers famous. In time with the excellent music (Imagine Dragon’s “I’m So Sorry”) Ronnie goes on a one-man rampage, gets violently angry when a shootout doesn’t pan out like he planned, and one instance when he pulls a gun out from under a table in a café and his brother has to wave him down. With the chaos, violence, and money that came with the Kray’s dealings, their activities also caught the eye of the police, who become hellbent on taking the twins down. As with all good gangster movies, violence ensues as the Kray twins rise and fall in the London gangster world.
Legend also stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton, Paul Bettany, David Thewlis, and Colin Morgan, and was written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential). Though the reviews thus far for the film have been less than stellar, the trailer sets up quite an entertaining film between Hardy’s dual performance, London’s 1960s vibe, and Helgeland’s well-timed quips. Whether or not the film turns out as promising as the trailer, the three-minute clip is well worth a watch.
Legend will be released in theaters in the U.S. on November 20th.