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Legend [DVD] [2015]

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  • Release Date: 03/01/2016
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (285 out of 312)

    Special Features


    • Creating the Legend
    • Feature commentary with writer/director brian Helgeland

    Synopsis


    Legend
    Brian Helgeland (Payback) wrote and directed this crime drama about the rise and fall of two of the most notorious gangsters in England's history: the Kray twins. Tom Hardy stars as both Ronald and Reginald Kray, identical twins who rose to prominence in London's underworld in the 1950s and '60s, using gruesome, unhinged tactics and savvy business acumen to seize control of the city. The film is adapted from John Pearson's nonfiction tome The Profession of Violence. Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, and Paul Bettany co-star. ~ Jennifer Lackman, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hardy
      Tom Hardy - Ronald Kray/Reginald Kray
    • Emily Browning
      Emily Browning - Frances Shea
    • David Thewlis
      David Thewlis - Leslie Payne
    • Christopher Eccleston
      Christopher Eccleston - Nipper Read
    • Chazz Palminteri
      Chazz Palminteri - Angelo Bruno



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 312 reviews

    91%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Lacks the action but Hardy is Great

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      DDunnDatBoi
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      The story of the Kray twins is a fascinating one, full of violence and deceit. In Legend, that story isn't really taken to its full potential, thanks to an unfortunately clunky structure despite brilliant performances, good humour and violence. Let's start with the best part of this film, that is Tom Hardy's performances as Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The amazing special effects make the dual show possible, but within minutes of the start here, you completely forget that these two characters are played by the same man. Hardy completely disappears into both men, with an unnerving but humorous turn as the psychotic Ronnie, and a more understated but powerful performance as Reggie, and that really deserves some praise. What's more is that this film does make use of the very violent nature of the history very well. As bloody as it is foul-mouthed, this isn't a pleasant film to watch, but the level of violence does leave an impression with regards to the Krays' crimes, making it seem all the more real, and all the more frightening. The big issue I have with this film, however, is that it's not an exhilarating watch. Historically interesting it may be, but at over two hours long, it's not something that will consistently entice you throughout. There are side plots that aren't picked up on enough, some characters don't get the development they really deserve based on the size of their role, and the plot takes a really long time to get going. The disappointing thing is that Legend isn't a bad film in any way, nor is it boring, but it gives you a sense of growing importance and tension towards a hopefully climactic end, but it never comes as you want it to

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Double the Hardy, Double the Insanity

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      VandyPrice
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      Legend is a movie that aspires to be a great gangster epic and in some regards, it is. This is not the gangster epic in the same vein as something like Goodfellas, though. It is more a representation than an adaptation, which is fine because it works for the characters at play and never fails to be thoroughly entertaining. Director Brian Helgeland delivered a straightforward, but rousing biopic of Jackie Robinson two years ago in 42, but has written films such as L.A. Confidential and Mystic River in his twenty-seven years in Hollywood. With Legend, Helgeland tests his directorial prowess by taking on a much bigger scope and a more complex story that features a diverse set of personalities. Each of these things having to be managed and pieced together in a way that feels coherent. There are times you can almost feel the structure creaking under it's own weight. Near the end of the second act the film almost gives way to a full on tsunami of varied tones and plot strands falling in on themselves and flooding out to leave behind nothing more than puddles of once strong and vibrant storytelling methods as well as the exceptional double performance of Tom Hardy. Lucky for Helgeland, he hired an actor with as much gravitas and ability as Hardy allowing him to pull off this stunt and leave the audience ruptured in his showing to the point we don't so much care about what else is going on around him. We acknowledge the given circumstances the real-life people fell into, but we're all just watching to see what Hardy does with the situation.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This is a movie that I really enjoyed

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      SLL2004
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      "The Queen would survive, but God save the rest of us." London in the 1960's was run by two twin gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray #Hardy#. Nothing happened without them knowing or allowing it. Reggie was calculating and deadly while Ron was a little psychotic and unstable. Eventually they only thing that could challenge their reign was each other. As many of you know by now I am a HUGE fan of gangster and mafia movies. I was looking forward to this one for that reason. I like Tom Hardy but never really got all the hype around him, until now. He was so good in this that it almost actually hurt the movie. He plays both brothers perfectly and to the point of you forgetting its the same actor. The dialog and intonation of his voice is even different. I've never seen anything like it and half the time I was staring at them, going back and forth trying to see similarities and failing. It also made me wonder if the movie would have been as good if it had not been for him. What it came down to was it doesn't matter, he is in it and I was just mesmerized by his acting in this. I say distracting because as good as this movie was all I could talk about was his performance, that isn't a bad thing though. Overall, this is a movie that I really enjoyed and highly recommend but the reason to watch is for the dual role played by Hardy. I give this movie a high B+.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A paranoid schizophrenic walks into a bar ...

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      DWolfe47
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      Tom Hardy ignites the screen playing both of the notorious Kray twins in this fabulous biopic. Reggie Kray, is a dapper businessman gangster while his gay brother Ronnie an unstable and fragile Little Caesar who needs pills to not lose his head . Hardy brings both of them to life in a film that has a surprising touch of humor. Emily Browning plays Reggie's love who narrates the film and does a fine job as well as the rest of cast including former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston as the Scotland Yard detective who wants to take them down and mob movie veteran Chazz Palminteri as an American gangster who middle-mans a deal between the Krays and legendary gangster Meyer Lansky. The film overall while slows down a bit in the later half moves at a rapid rate and is well directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback). The extras on the Blu-ray are light which is pretty much the M.O. for major studio titles anymore but the film itself is a nice gem that while may feel a bit glitzy for some is still a fun, sometimes humorous gangster film. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A gritty crime drama based on the Kray brothers.

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      ipsofacto
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      A sometimes brutal story about rise and the fall of the Kray twins. A british crime pair that ran the London club scene in the late fifties. One brother Reggie was a successful boxer, the other bother Ronnie, a twisted if not, mentally deranged sociopath, with a bent for violence and murder, This is the story of their relationships, and of their rise in London's late 50's criminal underground. Their carrear ultimate peaks the interest from the Philidelphia mob and it pressures the brothers relationship with each other. But this film is also a story of love, as Reggie falls for a local girl, Francis, their marriage takes place against her mothers wishes and it ends in a tragedic way. The film is well acted by the whole cast, and is edited and directed as a taught personal crime drama, with some violent twists and turns, in an effort to show the other than usual side of each of the prime characters, who all seem unable to escape from their social bounds.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Mildly disappointed

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      DRE2002
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      I viewed a documentry on these infamous twins. So when I found out a Hollywood movie was being made about the scandalous duo I was overjoyed! Then when I found out that Tom Hardy would be playing both twins I became outright giddy. That being said I was a little disappointed with this movie that seemed to drag at times. I wonder if I never viewed the documentry first if I would have enjoyed the movie more? Regardless Mr. Hardy's performance is brilliant just the material he's given to work with lacks a little in this case.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good & Odd Movie

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      LVMVlove2010
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      I'm a huge Tom Hardy fan so I had to see this. I really liked it & I'm a sucker for based on true event gangster stories. It's interesting to see how the UK mobsters are similar but yet so different than what we are used to seeing in our American mob films. Definitely worth purchasing, an impulsive mental gangster twin with brass knuckles & a mouth full of truth while the other twin (all Tom Hardy remember) is the brains & master mind with a heart of gold & a piece of steel he's not afraid to use EVER. See it!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brilliant performance by Tom Hardy

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      PiperP123
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      I first saw this movie on DIRECTV. Knew I had to own it. Tom Hardy is the most versatile actor I've seen in many a year, and this one of his very best performances. To pull off a duel role like this is i.m.o. one of the most difficult things an actor can attempt to do, and he does it flawlessly. The movie can be hilarious at times, especially when he plays Ronnie. Also Emily Browning is quite good in her role. The movie is violent,funny, and touching all at the same time. A great movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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